Hitler Lives

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Hitler Lives
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Directed byDon Siegel (uncredited)
Produced byGordon Hollingshead
Written bySaul Elkins
Narrated byKnox Manning
Music byWilliam Lava
CinematographyDe Leon Anthony
Edited byHarry Komer
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • December 29, 1945 (1945-12-29)
Running time
17 minutes
CountryUnited States

Hitler Lives (also known as Hitler Lives?) is a 1945 American short documentary film directed by Don Siegel, who was uncredited. The film won an Oscar at the 18th Academy Awards in 1946 for Documentary Short Subject.[1][dead link][2] Earlier the same year, Siegel made his directorial debut on another short film Star in the Night (1945), which also won an Academy Award.

Hitler Lives is based on the film Your Job in Germany, which was produced shortly before the end of the Second World War. Your Job in Germany was written by Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss).[3]

While retaining some of the original film footage, Hitler Lives was written by Saul Elkins. The film warns that the defeated German population still contains Nazi supporters and that the world must stay ever vigilant against the prospect that a new Hitler will arise within Germany. The film combines dramatized content mixed with archive footage. However, there is no mention of Jews as victims of persecution. The crematoriums of a concentration camp are shown, only using "victims" to describe those murdered. The end of the film warns against fascism in America.



  1. ^ "New York Times: Hitler Lives". NY Times. Retrieved May 26, 2008.
  2. ^ "The 18th Academy Awards (1946) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  3. ^ "Oscar's Docs, 1941–45: Bravery and Bias". Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved January 1, 2009.

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