Film

The family man?

OUT NOW!: Heinrich Himmler's cuddly side, told through letters to his family, in the darkly fascinating THE DECENT ONE.

Working with virgin material taken from the diaries and letters of Himmler and his family, Lapa tells the story of the SS-Reichsführer and Holocaust architect “in his own words”. Merging original photos and texts with contemporary found footage, Lapa deliberately (and sometimes confusingly) blurs the essentially factual with fictional structures, creating a portrait of a fond family man utterly unaware of his vicious inhumanity – whose daughter describes a 1941 (pre-Final Solution) outing to Dachau as a “wonderful trip to a large enterprise”.

The Decent One (Der Anständige) | Directed by Vanessa Lapa (Israel, Germany 2014) documentary.

Originally published in issue #130, September 2014.