A new documentary to be shown at the IFI, The Decent One, portrays Nazi Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler as a family man who viewed himself as thoroughly noble and heroic even while he was responsible for some of the worst atrocities of World War II.

As the war was drawing to a close, the Nazi Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler, one of the most powerful figures of the Third Reich, was in hiding while his wife and daughter were escaping to Italy.

When American soldiers entered the family house in Gmund, they took a collection of documents, including personal letters, diaries and photos, which they neglected to hand over to the U.S. authorities.

Eventually, this store of documents came to the attention of the Israeli documentary filmmaker Vanessa Lapa. Lapa’s 94-minute film combines readings from these often intimate documents with film footage restored from German national archives.

The Decent One opens at the Irish Film Theatre and selected cinemas on Friday April 17.