Surviving Hitler: A Love Story

History, Holocaust, Human Rights, Jewish Film, Marriage and Parenting, War, Women, Politics
John Keith Wasson
66 minutes


*Foundation for Jewish Culture Grant Winner
*Winner - Inspiration Award Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
*Winner - Ojai Festival Theme Award Ojai Film Festival
*Official Selection Starz Denver Film Festival
*Official Selection Sidewalk Film Festival
*Official Selection Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival
*Official Selection San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
*Official Selection Stranger Than Fiction

"Impressive... A fresh angle... Mesmerizing" -RealScreen Magazine

"Excellent!" -PopMatters

"Remarkable story" -Filmmaker Magazine

"Astonishing... A film that will educate and entertain" -The Huffington Post

"A film that must be seen... More wonderful than anything Hollywood could have written" -The Herald-Sun


"A story that is as incredible as it is captivating" -Stranger Than Fiction

"Truly one for the ages" -The Herald-Sun

"Eerily enchanting" -GQ Magazine

"Remarkable look at life" -San Francisco Chronicle

"Gripping tale" -The Mercury News

"A gold mine" -Santa Cruz Sentinel

"A love story like few others" -The Concord Monitor

"Compelling and so inspiring." -Savannah Now


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A Jewish teenager and an injured soldier join a doomed plot to kill Hitler.

As a teenager in Nazi Germany, Jutta is shocked to discover she is Jewish. She joins the German resistance and meets Helmuth, an injured soldier. The two become sweethearts and soon co-conspirators in the final plot to assassinate Hitler.

This would sound like a pitch for a Hollywood blockbuster were it not all true. Surviving Hitler: A Love Story is in fact a harrowing tale of war, resistance, and survival. At the center of the documentary is a love story for the ages, with riveting narration by Jutta herself, original 8mm footage (shot by Helmuth) and, miraculously, a happy ending.



John-Keith Wasson

John-Keith Wasson graduated from the London Film School. Since then, he has worked predominantly as a cinematographer. His shooting credits include the award-winning documentary The Devil Came on Horseback. In 2007, John-Keith met Jutta. She shared with him the details from her life and eventually trusted him with her home movies and love letters. He saw the makings for a film. This is John-Keith's directorial debut.


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