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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.
Ilsa in Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS
Don Edmonds’ Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, made in 9 days for a budget of $150,000 (and shot on the abandoned set of the TV show Hogan’s Heroes), became an international phenomenon, its success fueled by controversy and its ability to inspire revulsion in its viewers. A critic from Denmark seethed that “the movie is so nauseating that it is impossible even to hint at its specific scenes without making my typewriter stink.” Very loosely based on the story of a real-life Nazi, Ilse Koch, the film eschewed any historical veracity for pure exploitation. Here Ilsa, the sexually voracious commandant of a Nazi concentration camp, literally consumes her prisoners with her lust. Burlesque star Dyanne Thorne, who played Ilsa, found herself inundated with fan (and hate) mail after the release of the film.