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Hitler's Secreterial Interview Scene is the first scene in the actual film (With the beginning being a segment from a documentary), and the second one in Downfall’s running time, set a few minutes into the movie. It is used fairly often in parodies.

In Downfall

In the dead of night, a group of Berlin women walk towards the Wolf's Lair, escorted by some guards, while being eyed by others. Once inside a building in the Wolf's Lair, Heinz Linge greets them and offers them a seat, stating that the Führer is currently feeding his dog. Hannah Protovsky asks him of how to greet him, and he tells them to act natural, say "Heil, my Führer" when greeted and without the Nazi salute, as Hitler is looking for a secretary.

He then proceeds to Hitler's room to inform him of the ladies' arrival, and shortly after that Hitler emerges from his room. He greets and shake hands with the women one by one. He at last greets Traudl Humps (later Traudl Junge) and after learning of her Munich background, takes a liking to. He invites her to his room. Hitler introduces Traudl to Blondi and offers her a seat in front of the typewriter. He asks her of her age, and she replies of her age being 22. Hitler proceeds to dictate his speech and Traudl tries to keep up, in vain. He suggests that they try again.

Traudl re-emerges from the room. She tells the others that she has been appointed Hitler's personal secretary, and they congratulate her.

In The Parodies

The whole scene has been used by Robert Tolhurst in Hitler checks his new neighbors aren't Romanian, in which there's another bunker for the ladies to move into; and by AtomicAntics in Hitler's Fart Contest, where Hitler had the applicants guess his lunch based on the smell of his flatulence.

Hitler's emergence from his room and close-up shot has been parodied by some Untergangers in such that he is depicted as Hitler's twin visiting the Führerbunker or Hitler talking to Goebbels, or his mother. This scene is also used in the more erotic parodies, depicting Hitler having sex with Traudl, while others depict Hitler in a flirting manner.

In KakashiBallZ's parody Hitler challenges Fegelein to a game of Jeopardy!! this scene appears mostly for portraying Heinz Linge as the host of the show. Simillar trick was used later by avidsonicfan1991 for parodies of Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right! game shows.

Trivia

  • This scene takes place in 1942 and is the only scene (sans the prologue and epilogue) in the movie that doesn't take place in Berlin.
  • It is also the only scene that uses exterior shots filmed in Munich instead of St. Petersburg.
  • The speech that Hitler dictated was his Stalingrad speech delivered on 9 November 1942. The speech is notable as the only one where Hitler mainly speaks in a normal tone. The speech is portrayed in Stalingrad. The whole speech translation can be found here.
  • Some parodies have one of the ladies named Hannah Buttowski, due to influence of the cartoon series Kick Buttowski.

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