Meet the Hitlers

This documentary profiles people with history’s most notorious surname, including an Ecuadorian immigrant and a poor Roman clinging to his identity.

Year: 2014
Certificate: G
Director: Matthew OgensMatt Ogens
Starring: Matt OgensMatthew Ogens

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When I first saw “Meet The Hitlers” added to Netflix it looked like a twisted version of “Are You Dave Gorman?”. The premise is to find the Hitlers around the world but it seems to be clutching at straws on some of them.

There are half a dozen ‘Hitlers’ in the documentary and the only ones of actual interest sadly don’t play much of a part – more on that later. The Hitlers include an American whose surname is Hitler, a teenage girl whose surname is Hittler (with 2 t’s), someone with Hitler as a first name, white supremacist family who named their son Adolf Hitler Campbell (they also have a daughter called Aryan Nation Campbell), a man who takes photos of Hitler-themed products and an English journalist trying to track down the last known relatives of the infamous Adolf Hitler.

At times it seems that there are too many stories being told and when you take into account the relatively short run time (1hr 23min) you don’t see their stories being expanded on. The Campbell’s story of their constant strive to be controversial is very interesting – if only to try and work out why someone would attend court in full Gestapo costume when trying to get their children back.

The most interesting line of the documentary was, sadly, the shortest. David Gardner, the British journalist, was tracking down Hitler’s last known relatives by following the life of WIlliam Patrick Hitler – Adolf Hitler’s nephew. He moved to England and then to America but his children are, quite rightly, wanting to stay out of the public eye. While I don’t agree with Gardner’s logic (he feels the public NEED to know about their lives even though they’ve not actually done anything) I feel the family history and move to the USA could have been explored a little further.

The documentary as a whole is a bit of a mixed bag – it doesn’t really have a point other than to show the range of Hitlers in the world and I can’t help feeling that the initial premise was following Gardner tracking Hitler’s relatives but as they were unwilling to talk they had to spend their budget another way… It’s quite interesting to watch but it’s not one I would recommend you rush to watch.

Have you seen this film? Let us know your opinions in the comments below and of course if there are any films on Netflix UK you want us to review let us know!

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One thought on “Meet the Hitlers

  1. I think it’s an important movie. It’s still a time where names, cultural/ethnic symbols and racial profiles/assumptions plague people everyday. This can lead to the affected being developing personas based on defensiveness, avoidance or sarcastic wit by often having to justify or defend themselves as a result), this movie makes a point. Imagine what may be a common response of a steadfast American, conservative minded white person watching this movie. Do you think it may often likely be something along the lines of “That’s not fair for these people being judged just because of their names.” (maybe similar to Isidore Heath Campbel who named his kid Adolf Hitler in this movie)? Would such a response with people with a similar identity have the same response for people who are Hispanic, African American or Muslim who indicate whow they feel ethnically/racially profiled on a regular basis?

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