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Keitel, Krebs and others talk is a scene in Downfall that has been used in several Downfall Parodies.

In Downfall

The scene begins with the Goebbels children playing blind man's bluff. Traudl and Gerda are with them.

Wilhelm Keitel, Hans Krebs, Alwin-Broder Albrecht and an unknown SS officer are having a conversation around a table. Alwin says that Grand Amiral Karl Dönitz will be happy to learn that things are so well with the Führer, "such energy" is how he puts it. Keitel agrees, saying that "it's a miracle". Alwin believes that the Führer will remain the Führer.

The unknown officer interrupts, saying that there were rumors that he'd succumbed to depression. Krebs rebukes the soldier, saying that they were just that: rumors. Alwin then says that the V2 rockets will lead to victory and that their range must be enormous. Then he asks Keitel when they will be ready. Keitel says that he can't say anything about that because it's strictly a secret matter. Alwin apologizes.

The scene continues with the voices of the Goebbels children playing blindfold inside the bunker (next door, in fact). One of the girls, who is wearing the blindfold, goes after Helmut's voice and accidentally bumps Krebs from the back. The general spills his wine and laughs. Traudl, who is looking after the children, apologizes to him. Krebs says there is no problem.

The scene then ends with Traudl, Gerda and the children going upstairs to meet Uncle Speer and the appearance of Heinz Linge informing Keitel that the Führer wants to see him.

In Downfall Parodies

This scene is notable for Krebs' laughing, and being the only scene where both Alwin and the unknown soldier actually talk.

The part when Keitel talks is featured in the Anti-joke Keitel series, while the part where one of the children bumps into Krebs was looped by 1979Onetime in a parody to depict the children's attack against Krebs. A subsequent scene shows him dead on a chair due to the attacks.

Krebs' laugh is often used on its own in parodies. In those cases, the laugh has been taken from the scene and added to another situation. Sometimes it's even passed off as Fegelein being the one laughing at Hitler.

Trivia

  • The table is the same one where Burgdorf sings, and where the Bunker Jokes scene happens later in the film.
  • This is the only scene where Albrecht has lines.
    • This is one of the few scenes in Downfall where a character, whose name is unknown, has lines.
  • The whole scene is available only in Extended edition.

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