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Our Flags Lead Us Forward (1933)

Hitlerjunge Quex (original title)
In the depths of the Great Depression and in the waning days of the crumbling Weimar Republic, a poor Berlin youth is torn between loyalty to his unemployed Communist father and his ever-growing fascination to the Hitler Youth movement.


Hans Steinhoff


K.A. Schenzinger (novel), K.A. Schenzinger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
Heinrich George ... Vater Völker
Berta Drews Berta Drews ... Mutter Völker
Jürgen Ohlsen Jürgen Ohlsen ... Heini Völker (as Ein Hitlerjunge)
Hermann Speelmans Hermann Speelmans ... Stoppel
Rotraut Richter ... Gerda
Karl Meixner ... Wilde
Claus Clausen Claus Clausen ... Bannführer Kaß (Brigade Leader Kass)
Franz Ramspott Franz Ramspott ... Fritz Dörries (as Ein Hitlerjunge)
Helga Bodemer Helga Bodemer ... Ulla Dörries (as Ein Hitlermädchen)
Franziska Kinz Franziska Kinz ... Krankenschwester (nurse)
Hermann Braun ... Grundler (as Ein Hitlerjunge)
Hans Richter ... Franz


In the depths of the Great Depression and in the waning days of the crumbling Weimar Republic, the poverty-stricken Berlin youth and printer's apprentice, Heini Völker, finds himself torn between loyalty to his unemployed Communist supporter father and his ever-growing fascination to the Hitler Youth movement. Against the backdrop of a severe political and socio-economic crisis right before Adolf Hitler's rise to power as chancellor on January 1933, both the Young Communist International and the Hitler Youth want Heini; however, the boy has already made up his mind. From that point on, things can only go from bad to worse, as Heini, the "Quex", refuses to take part in a bombing raid on a new Nazi dormitory, only to further complicate matters when he insists on distributing leaflets in his old neighbourhood. Is the road of National Socialism combined with the spirit of sacrifice of the eager German youth the answer for a better future and a powerful Germany? Written by Nick Riganas

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Release Date:

19 September 1933 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler Youth Quex See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Heini Völker supposed to be given to Hermann Braun, but suddenly he became very sick and therefore Jürgen Ohlsen took over, who was about the same age. See more »


Heini Völker: Where should I go?
Vater Völker: What a question? To his father, that's where he belongs.
Bannführer Kaß: That's the question. Where does a boy belong? You know, I had very good parents, but once I was fifteen, I went away. I wanted to the sea, become a sailor. Somewhere there were islands, palmtrees, Africa. Thousands of boys ran away.
Vater Völker: Those boys were rascals.
Bannführer Kaß: Well, boys are something wonderful. Boys are a big secret, since all the times. They fled to the trappers, to the gipsys. Always they were touched by the big ...
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Crazy Credits

Heini Völker, Ulla, her brother Fritz and all other young characters, especially the Hitler Youth characters are credited as Hitler Youth boy, Hitler Youth girl or The Girls and Boys of the Berlin Hitler Youth. See more »


Featured in Die Sprungdeckeluhr (1990) See more »


Unsre Fahne flattert uns voran
(Maschlied der Hitlerjugend)
Music by Hans-Otto Borgmann
Lyrics by Baldur von Schirach
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Unsere Fahne (our Flag)
3 October 2002 | by GermanChic00See all my reviews

I saw this film in a university class about German cinema. I must say that as a student with a dual major in history and German this is a very interesting film. I believe that, as propaganda, it is outdated... no one in the western world would look at this film and say, "I think I'm going to go to war now" as a historical document or an example of propaganda of the time... it is wonderful! I would love a copy of this film, though i know i cannot find it anywhere. I would tell anyone who has the opportunity to see this film to do it ... but bear in mind that it is propaganda...and as such is naturally exaggerated to prove a point... Historians of the world... enjoy!

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