1938: A young man arrives in Hitler's Germany, frantically seeking information about his German mother, and finds she is pending execution at a concentration camp.

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An American goes to Germany to find his mother and discovers her in a concentration camp. With the help of a German countess he engineers her escape. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Thrilling Book : Magnificent Picture

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When the Door Opened  »

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According to the article "Hollywood's friends and foes" by Colin Shindler in the film history tome 'The Movie', this film " . . . though set largely inside a concentration camp . . . managed to avoid the mention of the words 'German' or 'Nazi' " throughout the whole movie. See more »

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Mark Preysing: I'm sorry, I, eh, I'm so worried about her, I guess I'm a little goofy, that's all.
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Liebestod
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from "Tristan und Isolde"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on piano by Conrad Veidt
Played at a concert and as background
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Condemned to death for selling your home!
15 October 2003 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Imagine! Returning to the country of yourself birth and finding yourself convicted of treason, then condemned to death, and for the sole crime of selling your old family home. Thus begins the nightmare one woman is plunged into in 1936 Nazi Germany, and is the setting for her son's desperate attempt to free and get her to safety. Robert Taylor plays the American-born son who goes to Germany to find out what has happened to his missing mother.

Feel his shock and incredulity when he learns of his mother's impending execution. See his mounting desperation and frustration as his inquiries are met with fearful denials from the very people who were once his mother's friends and neighbors.

To who can this lone American turn to for help? You will find yourself on the edge of your seat as you watch the unfolding horror, the near misses, the turning of fate. Better yet, read the novel this movie is based on.


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