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By 1941, Hitler’s Nazi regime had seized unbelievable control over the German people, dictating what they read, what they said-even what they believed. A whispered criticism of the Nazi Party could lead to a Gestapo interrogation and prison. In this environment, a young man, sixteen years old, took action that some considered foolhardy, and others viewed as treacherous and morally wrong. What he did was certainly dangerous. Today many consider his actions heroic. This is the story of Helmuth Hubener.
Helmuth Hubener led a resistance group composed of himself and two of his childhood friends from his LDS Church branch. The three of them carefully distributed flyers throughout Hamburg that denounced Hitler and his propaganda machine. This documentary chronicles what happened to these young men, and the ultimate price paid by those who dared to stand up for the truth.
Using archival footage and still photography as well as new film footage shot on location in Germany, this film takes an unprecedented in-depth look at a compelling and complex story. Included is an extensive interview with the last remaining survivor of the resistance group.
DVD includes exclusive interviews and other material not found in the broadcast or VHS versions.
Relased: November 2002
Movie Length: 80 minutes
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A very good and moving documentary about Helmuth Huebener and resistance against the national socialists in the Third Reich.
by Matthias - reviewed on March 03, 2003
I am member of the Church in Germany. In the 10th grade, thus about 16 years old, we were on class travel in Berlin. There we also visited the Ploetzensee memorial, the very place, at which Helmuth Huebener and other resistance fighters were executed. There was a small memorial board for every resistance fighter. On the one of Helmuth Huebener it statet: Religion: Mormon (that, of course, remained in my memory). That was 1981. Since then the name Helmuth Huebener has a meaning to me. This documentary (DVD) is well made, and touched me in a very personal way, especially by the narrative of Karl-Heinz Schnibbe (a childhood friend of Helmuth Huebener). I also found the interviews with Mr. Sander and Mr. Grass (Literature Nobel-Prize) very. These interviews are shown in German (with English sub-titles). With German as my native language I found those particularly interesting.
Something to think about.
by LaLauna - reviewed on November 22, 2007
I also read the book 'The Blood Tribunal'. I have a friend who came from Germany whose father is Otto Bern, a member of the Branch presidency where Helmuth was a member, so I got to hear firsthand some of the story. He was arrested and interrogated for 4 days. He said that he didn't know what he said after he was taken inot the room. On the 4th day they told him they thought he was guilty (the typewriter used was from the church) but he said the right things and they were going to let him go. Of course the family was terrified and were on the last train out of East Germany before the Iron Curtain fell. Read the book and get more of the story. You won't forget it.