The two or three things that German director Malte Ludin knows about his father -- that he was a career Nazi who was executed following the war -- are disturbing enough. These facts are not the entire story, though. Two Or Three Things I Know About Him follows the 60-something documentarian as he sets out to re-trace his father's upward path through the Nazi ranks, while all the while sitting down for tearful, confrontational interviews with his family members, some of whom still hold to the belief that their father, Hanns Ludin, did nothing that any other soldier wouldn't have done for his country, and deserves no special castigation. One of Hanns Ludin's daughters is particularly defiant. After a long and bitter argument with her filmmaker-brother that runs in snippets throughout the film, in which she tries to justify her father's various crimes, she finally lays her cards on the table and reveals her true position: "I see myself as the child of a victim. I think he was better than me, and maybe better than you."
Two Or Three Things, arriving on the scene in the wake of the revelation that Gunter Grass, literary giant and self-styled conscience of the post-war German nation, was actually a member of the Waffen SS. seeks to deliberately open the old wounds of a nation and confront hypocrisy with a steely eye. The journey that director Ludin goes on, beginning in a cold, antiseptic-looking records room, will eventually lead him to the conclusion that the man who left behind romantic doggerel like "You will not break a heart that beats so warm" was also a monster. The uncovered documents reveal that Hanns Ludin, as ambassador to Slovakia, a vassal state of the Third Reich, was an instrumental and a very willing middle-man in project to deport huge numbers of Jews from their Slovak homes to the concentration camps. This is the kind of film where Ludin present us with facts like these and then follows it with "I would never have dared to make this film while my mother was alive."