Hanuš Burger

Scen.: Hanuš Burger, Oskar Seidlin. M.: Sam Winston, Billy Wilder (supervisione). Int.: Rita Karpinowicz (commento). Prod.: Information Control Division (ICD) 35mm. D.: 22’. Bn

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

One of the first major efforts to confront the German public with the monstrosity of the crime against humanity they were involved in, either actively by betraying people or working/serving in the camps, or passively by turning a blind eye, accepting things as inevitable (maybe even not bad at all…). You could call it a cinematic version of those visits to nearby concentration camps that Germans in some parts of the territory were forced to undertake, which we also get a glimpse at here – and look at the hatred in some of these faces. Originally envisaged as a feature-length mix of fiction and documentary, the production was for reasons of political expediency re-conceived as a straightforward re-education short – easier to use, and more immediate. We’re screening the work’s rarest version: the one in Yiddish.

Olaf Möller

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by courtesy of USIA – Embassy of the USA in Berlin