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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
Ilsa in Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS

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.