The Decent One

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Film Info
Director:Vanessa Lapa
Running Time:90
Year of Release:2015
Premiere:West Coast Premiere


Through previously undiscovered private letters, photos and diaries that were found in the Himmler family house in 1945, Vanessa Lapa’s powerful documentary exposes a unique and at times uncomfortable access to the life and mind of the merciless 'Architect of the Final Solution' Heinrich Himmler. We witness the developing of the relationship between Heinrich Himmler with his wife Marga from the time they meet, when he loves her, during parenthood, until the last letter in April 1945, shortly before his death. How could the man who often referred to so-called German virtues such as order, decency and goodness also write home in the midst of the Holocaust: ‘Despite all the work I am doing fine and I sleep well”? -JM