The end of WWII is fast approaching and 16-year-old Günter, a member of the Hitler Youth, still believes in a German victory. He is drafted into Nazi Germany’s last-ditch effort to resist the approaching Soviet Army.
The first DEFA documentary on the topic of concentration camps and the Holocaust, this film was commissioned by the Soviet military administration in Berlin in connection with the preparations for the Sachsenhausen trial.
Station Inspector Brock witnesses a robbery.
During the final months of WWII, SS troop leader Upitz (Günther Simon) negotiates with the American secret service. He hopes to secure his own future in exchange for handing over the SS secret files, which include the entire network of Gestapo agents from the Balkans to the Baltic.
The Wensloff family puts themselves in danger during World War II by hiding a Jewish family and falsifying passports.
One of the first works by acclaimed (East) German documentary director Volker Koepp, this portrait of filmmaker Slatan Dudow (1903-1963) follows his life and work in exile, painting a detailed picture of the Marxist artist.
After WWII, Berlin lies in ruins. For Gustav, Willi and their friends the rubble provides an adventurous, dangerous playground. For Gustav it also helps pass the time, as he longs for his father’s return from a POW camp. One day a stranger arrives, looking helpless and hopeless…
Unlike his assistant Joachim Peters (Raimund Schelcher), who is sent to a concentration camp for his political beliefs, Professor Sonnenbruck (Eduard von Winterstein) refuses to get involved in politics and focuses entirely on his research.
In the final days of WWII the German soldiers Michael and Jürgen are on a Russian military plane to Moscow. In flashbacks, they remember…
This gripping drama, based on personal experiences of screenwriter Angel Wagenstein, is set during a chapter of the Holocaust in the Balkans that sheds light on the experience of Sephardic Jews. It was awarded the Special Grand Jury Prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival.