What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy

Poster for What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy Three men travel together across Europe. For two of them the journey involves a confrontation with the acts of their fathers, who were both senior Nazi officers. For the third, the eminent human rights lawyer and author Philippe Sands, it means visiting the place where much of his own Jewish family was destroyed by the fathers of the two men he has come to know. It is an emotional, psychological exploration of three men wrestling with their past, the present of Europe - and conflicting versions of the truth.

96 minutes
David Evans

Shown at

  1. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. East Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. Gainesville Jewish Film Fest - 2016
  4. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  5. Judaica - Mostra de Cultura e Cinema - 2016
  6. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  7. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  8. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  9. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2016

4 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘My quest to understand the unapologetic Nazis’

    When Philippe Sands was growing up, the Holocaust loomed silently over his world like an unwanted visitor who won’t leave. “I’ve lived with it my whole life,” says the eminent barrister, when we meet to discuss his role in the thought-provoking new documentary, My Nazi Legacy, which is showing at this month’s Jewish Film Festival.


  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Our fathers the Nazis: film explores the legacy of atrocities

    Documentary takes sons of Nazis and professor whose relatives were killed back to the horror of occupied eastern Europe


  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    Sins of the fathers
    Matthew Reisz considers an international lawyer’s extraordinary documentary about the after-effects of trauma and guilt

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    How a Hampstead lawyer helped two sons come to terms with the actions of their Nazi fathers

    Michael Joyce talks to human rights lawyer Philippe Sands about returning to the scene of his family’s annihilation with the sons of two Nazis who took part in the Final Solution.


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