Blind Spot – Hitler’s Secretary

Breaking a five-decade silence, 81-year-old Traudl Junge (nee Hump) talks about her life in the corridors of Nazi power in "Blind Spot Hitler's Secretary."

Breaking a five-decade silence, 81-year-old Traudl Junge (nee Hump) talks about her life in the corridors of Nazi power in “Blind Spot Hitler’s Secretary.” No-frills talking head docu eschews vintage photos and period footage, rendering visually static pic of greatest interest to history buffs, fests and the tube. Amazingly, Junge died in a Munich hospital on the night Feb. 10, a matter of hours after the Berlin Fest premiere.

In 1942, Junge was singled out from a large pool of applicants to become one of a trio of secretaries. She remembers “a pleasant boss and fatherly friend,” but avows, “the older I get, the more guilt I feel” after transcribing the Fuehrer’s last will from the bunker where he committed suicide. Junge comes up short on specific memories of key bunker details. Is this a lifetime of trauma manifesting itself or an act of chutzpah which strains credibility? (Pic coincides with publication of her German-lingo memoir, “To the Final Hour.”) Whatever the motivation, Junge’s story is a fascinating one. Tech credits are functional, with scenes showing Junge watching herself being interviewed, a la Mick Jagger in the Maysles’ “Gimme Shelter.”

Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary

Austria

Production: A Dor Filmproduction. (International sales: Dor Film, Vienna.) Produced by Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker. Directed by Andre Heller, Othmar Schmiderer.

Crew: Camera (color), Schmiderer; editor, Daniel Pohacker; sound (Dolby Digital), Schmiderer. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 7, 2002. Original German title: Im toten winkel Hitlerssekretarin. Running time: 90 MIN.

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