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Eva and Magda write their letters is a scene in Downfall. Because of its nature as a montage of sorts, it's rarely used in parodies outside the story-focused subgenre.

In Downfall

The scene takes place on the 23rd of April, 1945 in Berlin. It shows Magda and Eva writing letters (Eva to her sister, Magda to her son). Eva starts by writing to her sister that it could all be over at anytime, and that Hitler seems to have lost faith. She then describes various items she had placed in shipment and whom would receive it. While Eva writes the letter, various short scenes are shown, such as Haase and Schenck operating on injured people, Hitler shaking Jodl's hand, and Inge Dombrowski and her lieutenant committing mutual suicide.

The scene switches to Magda's perspective, who isn't sure the letter will even reach her son. She informs her son that she has stayed with Goebbels, despite him (Goebbels) being against it. She moves on to talk about how a world without the Führer and National Socialism is not a world worth living in, and how she wants something better for her children. While she writes, Hitler was shown overlooking a pit fire, where Otto Günsche and Heinz Linge are in the process of burning some documents. She stops writing and smokes a cigarette at the end.

In Downfall Parodies

The scene is rarely used in parodies, but Untergangers such as Soalric Parker has used it in his Der Disneygang saga. This scene is usually used in parody series where the situation is dire, such as Hitler Rants Parodies' War of The Hitlers.

The part of this scene where Hitler oversees the burning of some documents has been used more in parodies.

Trivia

  • Günsche, who is burning some documents, can be seen smoking. As Hitler approaches, he quickly and discreetly throws it into the flames.
  • Inge Dombrowski and the HJ Sergeant is shown committing mutual suicide in the montage.
  • The scene marks the last appearance of Alfred Jodl in the film.
  • Fegelein's first name "Hermann" is spelled "Hermenn" in Eva's letter to her sister.

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