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Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary

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Source: Catholic News Service

Talking-head documentary in which octogenarian Traudl Junge, a private secretary to Hitler from 1942 until his suicide, recalls their mundane daily life in the bunker where a failed assassination attempt on him was followed by the realization they were losing the war. As directed by Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderer, the woman expresses guilt and regret for having admired her soft-spoken boss, attributing it to her youth, naivete and isolation in a bunker where she was not aware of Hitler's genocidal agenda. Subtitles. Wartime subject matter with references to violence and suicide. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.

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