Last to Know

(Jeder schweigt von etwas anderem)

Germany, 2006, 72 min, color
In German; English subtitles
Music (Score)


The stories of four – out of approximately 250,000 – former political prisoners in East Germany. Back then, they couldn't keep silent; but now, 20 years after the fall of the Wall, it is still difficult to answer the questions of their children and friends, and come to terms with a very personal and painful past.


This moving documentary features four former political prisoners in East Germany – people who were imprisoned for reading banned books, writing poetry and leading alternative lifestyles. Exceptional bonus features, specially designed for educators, include a secret police training film and their files on one of the political prisoners (translated into English).

Press comments

“The documentary counterpart to The Lives of Others.”
Hamburger Morgenpost


“[This film offers] a contrasting discussion to comedies like Good Bye, Lenin! An important contribution to the cinematic debate about the GDR’s past.”
Der Tagesspiegel


“A compelling bridge to the present time.”
Berliner Zeitung


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DVD Bonus Features:
  • Filmmaker Biographies & Filmographies
  • Interview with the Filmmakers
  • Stasi Observation Plan (translated into English, printable)
  • Operation: Auditor (1984, b/w, 9 min.), produced by the Stasi
  • Protagonist Biographies
  • Anne Gollin’s Original Stasi Files (translated into English)

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