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Hans Westmar (1933)

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This Nazi propaganda film purports to show the story of a Nazi Storm Trooper named Horst Wessel--here called "Hans Westmar"--who took part in street brawls and assassinations in Berlin in ... See full summary »

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Emil Lohkamp ...
Hans Westmar
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Kuprikoff
Heinrich Heilinger ...
Camillo Ross
Irmgard Willers ...
Agnes
Otti Dietze ...
Mrs. Salm
Carla Bartheel ...
Maud
Gertrude De Lalsky ...
Mrs. Westmar, Hans' mother
Grete Reinwald ...
Klara
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Landlord
Heinz Salfner ...
Maud's father
Robert Thiem ...
Georg Beyer
Arthur Schröder ...
Menart
Hanns Heinz Ewers
Carl Auen
Richard Fiedler
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This Nazi propaganda film purports to show the story of a Nazi Storm Trooper named Horst Wessel--here called "Hans Westmar"--who took part in street brawls and assassinations in Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s against Communists and other opponents of the Nazis, and was killed by Communists not long before this film came out. Written by A.Nonymous

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13 December 1933 (Germany)  »

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Hans Westmar - Einer von Vielen  »

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Heavy Nazi propaganda
15 August 2010 | by (Konstanz, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is an early Nazi propaganda film, and quite a heavy one. It is set in 1932, mostly in Berlin, where communists, social democrats (SPD) and Nazis were battling in the streets. The hero, Hans Westmar (original working title was "Horst Wessel", the (in)famous SA martyr, but the title had to be changed) is a student, who later gives up his study to work as a taxi driver, "to be nearer to the working class people" (though I suppose they wouldn't ride in a taxi too often).

The bad guys are the communists, depicted gleefully as ugly, speaking with bad accent, and having a feminist woman in their round. They try to organize the workers into resistance against the Nazis, with their apartment buildings decorated with red flags and banners.

In what is supposedly an election campaign, the Nazi SA dares to march through the workers' quarters. Brutal street-fighting ensues, and in the end Hans Westmar is dead, and ceremonially buried.

That's basically all there is to the story, with a lot of more details, of course: showing foreign influences in Berlin's night club scene, for instance.

But more interesting is the reception history: I think Goebbels himself banned the film some years later, as it was just too bad, unconvincing propaganda. In 1945, the film was banned again by the victorious allies

  • and to this day, 65 years later, in Germany it is still blacklisted


by the Murnau Foundation as "Vorbehaltsfilm", only allowed public showing in controlled environment, with a speaker to explain it all.

Then again, there's the internet, archive.org in particular, which offers this film for free download. Low resolution image, bad and spotty sound - but still, one can watch it unsupervised by Murnau, and form one's own opinion. It sure is a bad movie, but still interesting to get a better understanding of the Nazi times.


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