Alternative World War II—In Cinema

I am always intrigued by “What if ?” scenarios, like what if Columbus had taken another route to India? Or what if JFK had not been in Dallas that day?

What intrigues me most of all is the question, “What if the Nazis would have won the war?” or alternatively “What if Hitler would have been killed sooner?” I am not the only one who ponders these questions. There have been many authors and filmmakers who had the same idea and put those ideas on paper and in film. I am only selecting a few for this blog.

The picture above is from the 1965 film “It Happened Here.”

It is the Second World War. The Nazis invaded Britain. There is a split between the resistance and those who prefer to collaborate with the invaders for a quiet life. The protagonist, a nurse, is caught in the middle. Following the British army’s retreat at Dunkirk, England has been invaded and conquered by Nazi Germany. Irish nurse Barbara Murray comes to London as part of a civilian evacuation forced by American resistance forces massing off the coast of Ireland. She finds that in order to get a job as a nurse her only choice is to join the pro-Nazi civilian organization known as Immediate Action, which she does even though she is avowedly non-political. However, once on the job, she is faced with complicity in a number of disturbing acts being conducted by Immediate Action.

“Fatherland” is a 1994 TV film written by Stanley Weiser and Ron Hutchinson and directed by Christopher Menaul as an adaptation of the 1992 novel of the same title by Robert Harris. The film was produced by HBO and starred Rutger Hauer and Miranda Richardson.

In a world where the Nazis won World War II, Germany 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 approached, Adolf Hitler wants to talk about peace with President Joseph Kennedy. An S.S. 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 S.S. leaders will stop at nothing to keep hidden.

“Inglourious Basterds” is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger and Mélanie Laurent. The film tells an alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s leadership—one planned by Shosanna Dreyfus, a young French Jewish cinema proprietor, and the other by the British but ultimately conducted solely by a team of Jewish American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine. Christoph Waltz co-stars in the role of Hans Landa, an SS colonel in charge of tracking down Raine’s group.

“Strange Holiday” is a 1945 American movie directed by Arch Oboler. Claude Rains is featured as a man who returns from a fishing vacation to find America controlled by fascists. Businessman John Stevenson returns from a camping holiday in the mountains to discover the whole of America has been taken over by foreign invaders. His family has been taken away and he is thrown into prison and must come to terms with the new USA.

So if you are ever bored I would recommend you look up these movies and watch them.


What if? An alternative Anne Frank and Margot Frank story.


This is totally fictional with a few historic facts, I often wonder how Anne and Margot Frank’s story would have looked like if the path of History would have gone even the slightest different direction. Below are fictional diary entries of Anne and Margot frank, but it could have been reality.

Margot Frank: September 12 1933,age 6.5

Today we got a new house in a different part in Germany, I think the place is called Aachen. I don’t really like it but Anne has a lot of fun.


Mommy told me that we will be moving soon again. We are going to a different country. I am a bit confused, mommy calls it Holland but teacher says it is the Netherlands. Daddy has a new job there.


He said that Germany has a new boss, called Hitler and he is not a very nice man.It is a bit strange because he is not German.

Margot Frank: 16 February 1934: Age 7.

It is my birthday today and we have just moved into our new house, Mom and Dad call it a flat but it looks like a house to me.


Oh yeah I know now that the country is called the Netherlands, we are living in Amsterdam on the Merwedeplein. The Amsterdam people don’t mind though if you call it Holland. Anne has gone to a play school and I am going to a new school, the children are all very nice, but they sometimes look a bit funny at me.


Margot Frank: June 15 1934: Age 7.5

Daddy showed me a picture in the news paper of this man Hitler. He had gone on holidays to Italy where he met a man with no hair and a funny hat.



Margot Frank: November 10 1938: Age 12

I am very sad, my friend Hannah got hurt in Berlin. The Nazi’s burned synagogues and destroyed houses and shops of Jewish people. Why do the Germans allow this, don’t they see that is evil?



Anne Frank: 13 March 1938 age 9(nearly 10)

Daddy was very angry today. He read something in a newspaper about Austria. Hitler and the Nazi’s went to Austria and made it a part o Germany. No one seemed to mind. I don’t know why daddy is so angry. If the Austrian people are okay with it and surely there is no problem, or is there?

Anschluss Österreich, Wien

Anne Frank: June 12 1939 Age 10

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me. 10 Today, 2 digits. I am having a party after school with all my friends. we will have cakes and sweets and hopefully I will get a lot of presents.


Anne Frank: September 2 1939:Age 10

Germany invaded Poland yesterday and the English Prime Minister said that this is war .



Anne Frank: November 9 1939 Age 10

I am a bit upset today. Daddy said that we maybe going back to Germany. He thinks everything will be okay now since Hitler was killed by this man Georg Elser. Yesterday e had a put a bomb in a beer hall where Hitler was and the bomb exploded killing Hitler and another guy called Himmler.This means the war is over.


Anne Frank: December 4 1939 Age 10

Daddy has said we are staying in Amsterdam, that is great. All the kids in my school are celebrating something called Sinterklaas, which is is like Christmas. I told them I don’t celebrate Christmas because I am jewish, but mommy said that it was okay. So I will put my shoe in front of the fireplace tonight and Sinterklaas will bring me presents.


Anne Frank: January 1 1943: Age 13(nearly 14)

I met a boy today he is called Peter, he is very,very nice. I think I am going to marry him.Miss Anne van Pels, I like the sound of Peter_van_Pels_2014-05-28_00-43

Margot Frank: 25 November 1952

Anne en Peter are getting married today. I am so excited for them.



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