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Poll: Chilling Nazi Performances

In your opinion, who gave the most chilling performance as a Nazi whether it was real or fictional? If you feel none were chilling, whose performance did you appreciate the most? Since some actors played the role of a Nazi in more than one movie, let's limit the list by each's best performance and only one performance for each film.

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    Bruno Ganz in Downfall (2004)

    Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler in Downfall (2004)
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    Burt Lancaster in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

    Burt Lancaster as Dr. Ernst Janning in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) - Suggested by ElMaruecan82
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    Alison Doody in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

    Alison Doody as Dr. Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - Suggested by hugobolso-1
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    Sven Hugo Borg, Richard Crane, Kurt Kreuger, and Henry Travers in None Shall Escape (1944)

    Alexander Knox as Wilhelm Grimm (Photo Confronting Priest) in None Shall Escape (1944) - Suggested by misspaddylee
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    Christian Bale and Robert Sean Leonard in Swing Kids (1993)

    Christian Bale as Thomas Berger (Photo Lower Left) in Swing Kids (1993)
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    Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (2009)

    Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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    "Casablanca" Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart 1942 Warner Bros.

    Conrad Veidt as Major Heinrich Strasser (Photo Ground) in Casablanca (1942) - Suggested by horn-5
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    David Thewlis in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)

    David Thewlis as the Father in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
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    Dirk Bogarde in The Night Porter (1974)

    Dirk Bogarde as Max in The Night Porter (1974)
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    Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa in Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
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    Ed Harris in Enemy at the Gates (2001)

    Ed Harris as Major König in Enemy at the Gates (2001)
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    Anne Baxter and Erich von Stroheim in Five Graves to Cairo (1943)

    Erich von Stroheim as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (Photo Right) in Five Graves to Cairo (1943) - Suggested by horn-5
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    Christopher Kirby, Götz Otto, and Julia Dietze in Iron Sky (2012)

    Götz Otto as Klaus Adler in Iron Sky (2012)
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    Gregory Peck in The Boys from Brazil (1978)

    Gregory Peck as Dr. Josef Mengele in The Boys from Brazil (1978)
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    Herbert Grönemeyer in Das Boot (1985)

    Herbert Grönemeyer as Lt. Werner - Correspondent in Das Boot (1981) - Suggested by TsarStepan
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    David Sust in In a Glass Cage (1986)

    Günter Meisner as Klaus in In a Glass Cage (1986)
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    Hugo Weaving in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

    Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt/Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
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    Ian McKellen as Kurt Dussander

    Ian McKellen as Kurt Dussander in Apt Pupil (1998)
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    James Mason as Field Marshal Erwin Johannes Rommel in The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
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    John Carradine and Patricia Morison in Hitler's Madman (1943)

    John Carradine as Major Reinhard Heydrich in Hitler's Madman (1943) - Suggested by horn-5
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    Kate Winslet in The Reader (2008)

    Kate Winslet as Hanna Schmitz in The Reader (2008) - Suggested by hugobolso-1 and aronsson-jessica
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    Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man (1976)

    Laurence Olivier as Szell in Marathon Man (1976)
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    The Passage (1979)

    Malcolm McDowell as Capt. Von Berkow in The Passage (1979)
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    Marlon Brando as Lt. Christian Diestl in The Young Lions (1958)
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    The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

    Michael Caine as Colonel Steiner in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
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    Wolfgang Zilzer in Enemy of Women (1944)

    Paul Andor as Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels in Enemy of Women (1944) - Suggested by horn-5
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    Tommy Wirkola in Dead Snow (2009)

    Ørjan Gamst as Oberst Herzog in Dead Snow (2009)
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    Edward G. Robinson and Orson Welles in The Stranger (1946)

    Orson Welles as Professor Charles Rankin (Photo Right) in The Stranger (1946) - Suggested by horn-5
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    "Stalag 17" William Holden and Otto Preminger 1953 Paramount / MPTV

    Otto Preminger as Oberst von Scherbach in Stalag 17 (1953) - Suggested by horn-5.
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    The Night of the Generals (1967)

    Petter O'Toole as General Tanz in The Night of the Generals (1967)
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    Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove (1964)

    Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove in Dr. Strangelove (1964) - Suggested by horn-5
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    Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List (1993)

    Ralph Fiennes as Amon Goeth in Schindler's List (1993)
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    Escape to Athena (1979)

    Roger Moore as Major Otto Hecht (Photo Left) in Escape to Athena (1979)
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    Paul Freeman, Wolf Kahler, and Ronald Lacey in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    Ronald Lacy as Major Arnold Toht (Photo Right) in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
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    The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

    Robert Duvall as Colonel Radl (Photo Middle Right) in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

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