In a world where the Nazis won the Second World War, Germany has corralled all European countries into a single state called Germania, and continues fighting against the Soviet Union. It is now 1964 and Germany's war crimes against the Jews have so far been kept a secret. Germany believes that an alliance with the United States would finally beat the Soviet war machine. As his 75th birthday approaches, Hitler wants to talk peace with President Joseph Kennedy. An SS homicide detective and an American journalist stumble into a plot to destroy all evidence of the genocide; evidence that could destroy the peace process with America and evidence that Nazi and SS leaders will stop at nothing to keep hidden.
It's 1964. What if Hitler had won the war?
Did You Know?
Historically, the Criminal Police of the SS were plains clothes detectives who did not wear black SS uniforms as is depicted in film. The black uniform itself was phased out of the SS in 1941 to be replaced by a wartime gray tunic. Criminal police personnel in occupied countries wore this uniform while those in Germany continued to wear civilian clothes. See more
In the movie's alternate reality, the Nazi Empire is called Germania and the city of Berlin remains as such. Actually, according to Hitler's plans, Germania would be Berlin's new name, and occupied territories would not form an empire, but to become Germany's "Lebensraum" (Vital Space). See more
[closing narration, about Xavier March and Charlie Maguire
I used to wonder why she never got out while she had the chance. But she and my father were the first to see those images of horror. The first to know, and that somehow linked them forever with each other and the victims. So she sat until the Gestapo came for her. Everything had changed. Without the American alliance, Hitler's Reich collapsed. Of course, there are some who say it never happened. Those who look and do not see. The years ...
After the film aired on HBO, a few changes were made for the VHS version. The opening montage of black and white newsreel footage had two or three sentences of narration replaced and the accompanying images changed. In addition, a line was added to the end, an announcer heard over loudspeakers, saying that "President Kennedy is leaving Germany, taking with him the warm wishes of the German people," to make it totally clear to the audience that Kennedy had decided to abandon the alliance with Hitler. See more