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Sunday 21 January 2018

From Amon to Adolf – the most chilling nazi portrayals

Paul Whitington

Major Heinrich Strassa in 'Casablanca' (1942)

Conrad Veidt apparently didn't get on with the rest of he cast of Casablanca, which perhaps explains why he made Major Strassa such a compellingly dislikable villain. Strassa swans into Rick's Café looking to arrest the dissident Victor Laszlo, but fatally underestimates the club's cynical American owner.

Amon Goeth in 'Schindler's List' (1993)

In Steven Spielberg's epic drama, Ralph Fiennes (left) played real-life SS concentration camp commander Amon Goeth, who was found guilty of killing tens of thousands of Jewish prisoners. Fiennes's brilliant portrayal of a jovial, debauched psychopath is unforgettable, and makes Goeth perhaps the most chilling screen Nazi of all.

Adolf Hitler in 'Downfall' (2005)

Bruno Ganz delivers a mesmerising performance as Hitler in this excellent film from Oliver Hirschbiegel. Isolated in his labyrinthine Berlin bunker as the Allies draw ever closer, an increasingly paranoid and unstable Fuhrer upbraids his generals and orders imaginary counter-attacks with non-existent armies.

Irish Independent

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