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Nazis We Love to Hate

Posted July 20, 2011 to photo album "Nazis We Love to Hate"

In John Madden’s The Debt, a trio of Mossad agents go after a Nazi war criminal, dubbed the Surgeon of Birkenau, who’s hiding out in East Berlin in the 1960s. Played by Jesper Christensen, this character joins a list of Nazi villains going all the way back to 1939.

The Surgeon of Birkenau in The Debt
Franz Schlager in Confessions of a Nazi Spy
Fritz Marberg in The Mortal Storm
Franz Kindler in The Stranger
Madame Anna Sebastian in Notorious
Ilsa in Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS
Eduard Roschmann in The Odessa File
Dr. Szell in Marathon Man
Arnold Toht and Elsa Schneider in the Indiana Jones movies
Kurt Dussander in Apt Pupil
Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List
Karl Ruprecht Kroenen in Hellboy
Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds
Standartenführer Herzog in Dead Snow
Dr. Sebastian Shaw in X-Men: First Class
Kurt Dussander in Apt Pupil

Kurt Dussander in Apt Pupil

Based on Stephen King’s novella of the same name, Bryan Singer’s creepy coming-of-age tale Apt Pupil is set in the 1980s. A high school student, Todd Bowden (played by Brad Renfro), discovers that his neighbor, a seemingly kindly old man, is in reality Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellen), a fugitive Nazi war criminal. But rather than turn him in, Bowden blackmails him into telling him stories of Nazi atrocities. Singer told NitrateOnline, “The part of the novella that I really liked, that really intrigued me the most, was the idea that this terrible, awful thing that happened so many years ago, so many decades ago in Europe, the awfulness of it, the collective awfulness of it, like a Golem, would somehow have crept up, across the ocean, through time, and into this beautiful Southern California, suburban neighborhood and this seemingly normal, all-American, young man.”