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Question About the Ending Twist (SPOILER!!!)




Did I miss something - possible I was tired -- so where was her son while she was on her search? We saw him kicked out of the truck. I thought that was a blond boy holding her hand by the train, but that would would have been the brown-haired boy. So I think I missed a crucial frame somewhere.


Good question ...I think I might know. I may be wrong, but, I think that ...

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... Her son was spared, because the "SS" Officers thought he resembled her too much to let him stay with his "Jude" (Jewish) friend.

Remember, that he was tow-headed, and thus "Aryan" looking, correct?

See, his DAD was a Jew, but because the boy looked most like his Mother, he was spared (his life, in effect, was spared). You noticed that his dad, got sent away to the camps, no?
And, remember when the Mother was (earlier on in the film) cornered by the "SS" and called 'You Jewish BITCH!'?
Then, she produced papers (ID?) to prove her ethnicity and was let off the hook ...


Sorry but I didn't see the same clues that offer any explanation.


Yes the son was towheaded so was thrown out of the vehicle in the round-up. I don't think there were any clues about his father. Yes, she could prove she was Aryan.

But where was the son while she was at the train station? I was confused because I thought there was a shot of her walking along with a towheaded boy, not with the brown-haired Jewish boy.


I was confused because I thought there was a shot of her walking along with a towheaded boy, not with the brown-haired Jewish boy.

In my opinion: The tow-headed lad WAS her son, the one who always told his Jewish father that he also wanted to go to "Toyland", where his mother initially had promised he could go.

And, the darker haired boy was the "Aryan" boys's FRIEND that got left behind, like the tow-headed boy's dad, because BOTH (not saying this was fair or right, mind you) looked more like Jews than the Tow-head and his mother!

Yikes, now I wonder if I saw the right ending ... Pretty darn sure I did, but still ...


Her son was on the train with the neighbors and their child was left behind. The kid gave the couple an out for their own child I thought this was really quite selfish but then I wonder if I would probably do the same thing


Whoa, wait a minute ... Whaaaaaat?

Tell me what brought you to this conclusion.

I am fascinated by your post.


The way I saw it was they wanted to save their child and since the other kid so badly wanted to go to toyland they took advantage of the situation to save their child. Since she had papers prooving she was not jewish not too many questions were asked about the child on the train so she had no problem taking him.

Or is it just me?


Yeah, but why would the mother foresake her own kid?

Maybe, I missed something, but this ending never occurred to me, to be honest with you.


The mother who didn't all that Jewish?

I don't understand that sentence but the kid ran away to go to toyland with the neighbors and when they saw that opportunity they said about their own child that he was not their kid in the hopes of saving him from the concentration camp and took the other child as their own.


I edited, my typo, sorry.

Man, you saw sacrifice where I did not.



What is going on here?

The blonde boy who wants to go to Toyland is NOT the boy on the train. The boy on the train is the Jewish boy, his neighbor, who he plays piano with.

The blonde boy wakes up early and when the Nazis take the Jewish family he rushes out to them but the Nazis don't let him in the truck because he's not Jewish.

It is unclear where the blonde boy goes but he doesn't go home and thus his mother gets scared. She then goes looking for him thinking he was taken with the Jewish family. The SS open the door to the train where the Jewish Family is. The train is crowded and they call the blonde boys name. The mother recognizes her Jewish neighbors and thinks her son is with them (his back is to them). As the boy turns around she notices that it is not her son but the Jewish family's son. Recognizing that her son is not on the train and where the train is truly heading, she realizes in a split second that she can save the Jewish boy. She calls the Jewish boy by her son's name and the boy goes with her.

When the Jewish boy gets out of the train, the Nazi soldier comments (ironically) that he looks just like his mother. She takes the Jewish boy home.

Some time later, we see the mother, her real son, and her Jewish neighbor's son in the kitchen. Then you see two sets of elderly hands playing the piano. We are to understand that these are the hands of the blonde boy and the Jewish boy (just as they played piano before the Nazis when they were young).

The mother, acting quickly, was able to save the Jewish boy. She did not give up her own son as we see him later and also are to assume that one set of elderly hands at the end are her real son's.


While it's clear many people were not paying attention to the movie, the OP's question is still valid and unanswered - mainly because the film itself is poorly written, but also, most of you aren't responding to the actual inquiry.

The woman spends half the running time of this movie looking for her damn kid, whom we are meant to think has gotten on the truck with the neighbors, but of course it is revealed near the end that he was left in the street. The OP's question, I believe is this: where was the damn kid while she was looking for him?

Some may say it doesn't matter, because he is at home at the end playing the piano and all is well - in a sense, this is correct. Of course, when HALF THE FILM is spent looking for a kid who just turns up at the end without explanation - when the MOVIE asks the question "Where is Heinrich?" and doesn't answer its own question...that's poor filmmaking.

While it would help if people paid more attention to what they were watching, it would help even more if filmmakers wouldn't make dumb movies that don't make sense. And it would be even better if they weren't awarded for their dumbness.



BOTH kids survive. We see them.

My question was more where was the towheaded kid while Mom was frantically looking for him? I thought I saw her with him at the train, when she had taken in the other kid by the parents and she pretending the brown-haired kid was hers, and saving his life.

I must be the only one who didn't pick up anything about her husband, the kid's father, who I assumed was off at war. Just that she kept being stopped by Gestapo looking at her ID. The kid was asking where all the people being rounded up were going, not his dad. This was pretty much a dig at all those folks who claim they never saw the round ups and claimed they didn't know where the cattle cars were going.


Oh, for goodness sake, I'm not sure if it's deliberate or not but some people are creating a convoluted story that was not there to answer your simple question.

To answer the original question, we don't know where Heinrick was when his mom was looking for him. Where he wasn't was with the Silbersteins on the train as his mother feared. As we saw, Heinrick tried to get on the truck but was kept off, I think by the neighbors. What happened next to Heinrick at that moment is up to your imagination. Maybe, a neighbor took the upset boy into their home for a moment; maybe he ran and hid out crying somewhere. It's not that important. (It is a thirteen minute film after all. The little details are left out.)

What is important is it turns out Heinrick isn't on the train at all; but David is. So Heinrick's mother beckons to him, calls him Heinrick, his parents give him a little push and David is taken off the train, saving his life.

There is no mention whatsoever about Heinrick's father.


THANK YOU- Just shows that people really Aren't paying close attention when they watch films!!


You're right, the two boys surely do survive- we see them both in the next scene as Heinrich's mother draws the curtain in her kitchen.

The morning the Jewish family is taken, the two boys are wearing the same hat, so it is easy to confuse them for one another, but what happens is the two boys are separated at the truck as David gets lifted onto the truck by one soldier and Heinrich gets held back by other soldiers.

I have the same question about where Heinrich goes immediately after the truck scene, but it is true that it is not too important. (Perhaps he's at a neighbor's: remember the neighbor outside their building had the boy's teddy bear that he had dropped earlier.)

MY question is did the guard (at the train) that commented about the Jewish boy's resemblance to his mum know what was going on? Was he perhaps touched by the situation enough to go along with it? The evidence supporting this is scarce, but just before he looks at the David's face he looks at the Jewish mother's face. Also, David's jacket has a yellow star sewn on it which would be odd if he wasn't really Jewish.

By the way, you can but this film on iTunes for $2. Worth it.


It also occured to me that it would be strange for the guards to allow the boy to get off the train if he had a yellow star on his jacket.

It appears the same thing occured to the film makers.

If you watch carefully, the star disappears as he shuffles towards the carriage door. It is gone as he is lifted down from the train!


If you watch closely, I believe Davids dad rips it off his jacket before they hand him over.

He turns David towards him and you see him tugging at his jacket, presumably, to rip off the star. Not to mention you can hear a tearing sound. It's around the 10:24 time mark.


Thank you - I had missed the removal of the star or rather, I saw the star was gone and wondered for an instant what had happened.

I went back and watched that segment carefully. You see enough of David's jacket just before he's taken off the train that it's clear his father removed the star.

Looking at the jacket carefully while watching the disappearing star made me realize the boys had slightly different jackets. David had round buttons and a decorative pleat at chest level on the front and back. Heinrich's jacket had loops rather than button holes and long straight buttons. Once I saw those differences then it was easy to tell the boys apart.


After the mother had explained the situation to the guard (that it was her son's friend's family and he wanted to go with them) the guard may have just assumed that the child was happy to go along with wearing the star because it seemed to be the ticket that was needed to go with them.

I agree with you that it is a possibility that the guard just went along with it, because he did not agree with what was happening and it was a rare opportunity to be able to let a Jew free without punishment on himself.

Alternatively though it could be showing what the majority of people believe. That Jews are no different from non-Jews, in this case no different from Aryan Germans. The guard simply could not differentiate the two enough to doubt that it was not her child, and that the only thing that differed between a Jewish German and a non-Jewish German were their papers.


The final scene does show that both boys are indeed ok, and if you pay attention at 12:00 minutes....who is playing the piano?......The hands of two old men........the answer to the boys question of "do we go on playing?"


He was in the Beer Garden, hoisting a stein of pilsner.