The scene in Downfall where Traudl and Peter walk past the Soviets happen towards the end of the film. In this scene two of the main characters of the film, Traudl Junge and Peter Kranz, meet for the first time.

In Downfall

After the Soviet forces arrived at Mohnke party's location and subdued the German forces, Traudl tries her luck by trying to literally walk past the Soviets, in the hope that they would see her as a non-combatant and let her pass.

She walk past the German POWs that are being filed by the Soviets and the Soviet officer giving the orders. Out of nowhere, Peter Kranz emerges from the crowd, running towards Traudl's side and quickly grabbed her hand. Traudl gives him a surprised look and Peter quickly glances back. Together they walk past armed Soviet soldiers, her trying not to make direct eye contact with any. They on the other hand shot glances but none stopped the two.

The two walk for some distance and encounter Soviet soldiers singing and dancing around. Traudl and Peter carefully slip past the crowd but stopped right in front of a swaggering drunk soldier who made eye contact. Traudl froze in terror as they lock eyes. Peter, seeing Traudl's predicament, quickly pulls her sideways and away from the soldier, who proved to pose no harm.

In the parodies

This scene is rarely used in parodies due to its lack of dialogue and the very specific setting.

mfaizsyahmi's DPMV Baba O'Kranz, using CSI:NY's theme song Baba O'Riley by The Who, uses this scene specifically for the following lines: "Sally take my hand ... Put out the fire and don't look past my shoulder".


  • This is the first scene where Traudl and Peter meet. From this point on the two find their way out of Berlin together.
  • Since Peter is a fictional character, this scene, and subsequent scenes with the two are likely an artistic license on the director's part.
  • Nobody has any lines. This extends to all scenes of Traudl and Peter together - they are not shown talking to each other.
Günsche scouts the Soviets
Traudl and Peter walk past the Soviets
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Schenck's conversation with Stehr and Hewel
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