The Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich

The Top Secret Trial of the Third Reich

By Jochen Bauer

  • Genre: Jochen Bauer
  • Release Date: 2009-05-19
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 15min
  • Director: Jochen Bauer
  • Production Company: Chronos Film
  • iTunes Price: USD 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 2 Ratings


In August of 1944, the trial of the men who conspired to assassinate the Fuhrer - the event that forms the basis of the film "Valkyrie" - began. Under orders from Joseph Goebbels, cameras were hidden in the courtroom, and the resulting footage was transformed into a propaganda film. Goebbels released his film to the public, but only succeeded in generating sympathy for the conspirators, who were sentenced to death by the visibly deranged Nazi tribunal judge Roland Freisler. Having miscalculated the impact of these images, Goebbels ordered the film banned and destroyed - but one print has been found. Through authentic footage of the trial, the film details the various attempts to assassinate Hitler - from the bomb in Munich's Burgerbraukeller, to Claus von Stauffenberg's explosive attack on the Wolfsshanze - and sheds light on the anti-Nazi resistance. Featuring previously unseen film and sound documentation of the National Committee for a Free Germany, a German resistance group, this astonishing film also unearths new information about members of the Kreisau Circle and the White Rose, of which Sophie Scholl was a member.



  • History 101

    By Critic in my own mind
    Good history 101 film. The aerial shot at the end of the film of a recently bombed out Berlin is worth the rental price.
  • Poorly executed

    By ToscaMimi
    What a shame this source material wasn't put to better use. The narration is clumsy and confusing. The narrator alternates between translating from the German footage and commentating, and you can't tell which is which.
  • Should have been better

    By Stonewulf
    A rather low-budget effort for a sadly overlooked topic. Spent most of the time rehashing the beginnings of Nazi Germany instead of concentrating on the core idea of the Nazi legal system's being an instrument of revenge. Jumps around in time and the fact that the narrator does all the voices is amateurish. There are long sections of german language spoken with no subtitles are offered; just a rushed summary by the narrator of what was said .