Why did Colonel Hans Landa let Shosanna escape at the beginning of Inglourious Basterds if it was his duty to find and eliminate the jews at that area. I found it rare because he was proud of his job, and I'm pretty sure his job wouldn't be well evaluated if it's known that he let someone escape.

I don't think it is related to the fact he probably later used her to achieve his plan, a lot of time passed since that moment and the end of the movie.

Is it just a plot hole or could there be another more interesting reason?

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As explained in the Inglorious Basterds screenplay:

  Why did you allow a enemy of the state
  to escape?

  Oh, I don't think the state is in too
  much danger, do you?

  I suppose not.

  I'm glad you see it my way. Besides,
  not putting a bullet in the back of a
  fifteen year old girl, and allowing
  her to escape, our not nessessarlly [sic]
  the same thing. She's a young girl, no food,
  no shelter, no shoes, who's just witnessed
  the massacre of her entire family.
  She may not survive the night. And after
  word spreads about what happened today,
  it's highly unlikely she will find any
  willing farmers to extend her aid.
  If I had to guess her fate, I'd say she'll
  probably be turned in by some neighbour.
  Or, she'll be spotted by some German
  soldier. Or, we'll find her body in the
  woods, dead from starvation or exposure.
  Or, perhaps-she'll survive. She will
  elude capture. She will escape to America.
  She will move to New York city.
  Where she will be elected, President of
  the United States

And in the spirit of the movie, Landa is The Jew Hunter. He's good at what's he's doing, but he also likes it. An escaped jewish girl is another prey for him. So he can hunt a little longer. For me it was part of showing Nazis as not "following orders", but people who are evil on their own. Who find and seek pleasure in tormenting other people.

Quote copied from www.scriptslug.com

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    Landa has a habit of doing horrible things in a nice and courteous manner. Letting Shosana escape fits his profile perfectly: she's likely to get captured anyway, and this way he doesn't need to drop the pretense of civility.
    – Flater
    Mar 2, 2018 at 9:13
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    @Flater that could be an answer on its own :)
    – JAD
    Mar 2, 2018 at 9:59
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    @JAD: I can't do better than Landa's own explanation of why he let her run away :)
    – Flater
    Mar 2, 2018 at 10:03
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    can you also mention the source where you copied the screenplay form
    – Ankit Sharma
    Mar 5, 2018 at 7:15

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