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Camp Confidential: America's Secret Nazis

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Animated docu about secret WWII program; language, violence.

Movie PG-13 2021 35 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Great film

i rooted for the villans in this film

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Great messages
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age 13+

Don’t miss this!

As a student of this time in history, I found this Netflix doc fascinating, creative. New to me to learn of U.S. bringing German Nazi scientists here to help develop our Space program. The focus of the 2 Jewish refugee American soldiers in this film sharing their disdain of working w/Nazi scientists is gut wrenching. See this!

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This short documentary is interesting viewing for teen history buffs and their families. As repugnant as it may have been to the Jewish soldiers who were ordered to make nice to the German rocket scientists smuggled into America, their cajoling and catering ended up aiding America in the Cold War and the space race. Camp Confidential: America's Secret Nazis reveals the inner strength it took for many of the young men to swallow their fury and repugnance in order to make the Nazi collaborators happy, as per their superiors' orders. Information about this curious World War II subplot was reported in the 2000s, but such stories bear repeating and many of the details have already been lost as archives were destroyed after the war, making this short film feel all the more valuable.

Using audio interviews conducted by the U.S. government in 2006 with the still-living soldiers, as well as filmed interviews with two of the soldiers 50 years on, the piece presents a nuanced picture of the emotional toll treating Germans with decency took on men who had lost families and friends to Nazi atrocities. The fascinating narrative begs for a longer, dramatic film treatment.

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