Anti-Nazi Classics [4 Discs] [DVD]

In the wake of the Third Reich, a series of features emerged from various countries that excoriated Nazi atrocities; four of those pictures appear in this box set. First on the bill is German director Wolfgang Staudte's 1946 The Murderers Are Among Us, starring Hildegarde Neff and Wilhelm Borchert in what became the first feature produced in postwar Germany. It tells of a doctor who committed heinous acts in a concentration camp, struggling to come to terms with his overwhelming guilt. Next up is 1961's The Gleiwitz Case, from director Gerhard Klein, an East German docudrama about the Nazis' decision to fake an attack on a German radio station in order to justify the 1939 invasion of Poland. Also in the set is Konrad Wolf's I Was Nineteen (1967), an episodic chronicle of the Nazis' final days, filtered through the director's own recollections of teenage life. Finally, Frank Beyer's 1963 Naked Among Wolves toplines Armin Mueller-Stahl (Music Box) in a dramatic recreation of Holocaust evils carried out inside of Nazi concentration camps.
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Synopsis

Murderers Are Among Us
In this, the first film produced in postwar Germany, a doctor who served in a concentration camp attempts to deal with his immense guilt and ascribe meaning to his life. Driven to drink by his tormented conscience, the doctor wanders through a Germany ruined by the privations of the war, while his former captain at the camp has neatly segued back into a nice life with his family, apparently untroubled by his participation in the Holocaust. Encouraged by his girlfriend, a concentration camp survivor (Hildegarde Knef, in her first starring role), the doctor decides to denounce his captain to the war crimes investigators. Their personal crusade to bring the Nazi captain to justice becomes an allegory for the state of the German people. ~ Brian Whitener, Rovi

Nackt unter Wölfen
Prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp risk their lives by taking in a young Jewish boy rescued from a Polish ghetto. The camp commander hears about the boy and tightens up on the already cruelly treated prisoners. They whisk the boy away from being discovered, always staying one step ahead of the Nazi guards and the livid commandant. The boy is eventually discovered and both he and the prisoners now face certain death. Only the Allied invasion and subsequent tank patrols can save the prisoners and their young friend from doom. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

Ich War 19
In this propaganda film that embraces pacifism, a German boy of 19 moves to Russia with his parents. He comes upon the body of a German woman who has willfully killed herself to avoid being captured by the Russians. In an incredible sequence of events, Germans take up arms against SS troops towards the end of the war. The young man liberates a concentration camp before deciding that war is futile. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi

The Gleiwitz Case

Cast & Crew

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    Hildegarde Neff - Susanne Wallner
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    Arno Paulsen - Ferdinand Brueckner
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    Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur
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    Erna Sellmer - Mrs. Brueckner
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