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I accuse (1941)
"Ich klage an" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  29 August 1941 (Germany)
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In this morbid Nazi sanctioned pro-euthanasia melodrama, a successful doctor is forced to make a heart wrenching decision after his beautiful young wife is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heidemarie Hatheyer ...
Hanna Heyt
Paul Hartmann ...
Professor Thomas Heyt
Mathias Wieman ...
Dr. Bernhard Lang
Margarete Haagen ...
Berta
Charlotte Thiele ...
Dr. Barbara Burckhardt
Christian Kayßler ...
Landgerichtsdirektor Kriebelmeyer (as Christian Kayssler)
Harald Paulsen ...
Eduard Stretter
Albert Florath ...
Professor Schlüter
Ilse Fürstenberg
Karin Evans ...
Erna Balg
Hans Nielsen ...
Dr. Höfer
Franz Schafheitlin ...
Rechtsanwalt Straten
Erich Ponto ...
Professor Werther
Otto Graf ...
Staatsanwalt Engel
Werner Pledath ...
Pastor Gömer
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In this morbid Nazi sanctioned pro-euthanasia melodrama, a successful doctor is forced to make a heart wrenching decision after his beautiful young wife is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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Some of the cast and crew of this film would later face accusations of Crimes Against Humanity at Nuremberg Trials for contributing to the Nazi Action T-4 euthanasia program. See more »

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Hanna Heyt: [after willingly drinking an overdose of sleeping pills offered by her husband] Is this death?
Professor Thomas Heyt: This is death, Hanna.
Hanna Heyt: I love you, Thomas...
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Nazi Euthanasia Propaganda Film
9 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film was made to justify the killing of disabled Germans in the so-called Nazi euthanasia program, properly known as Aktion T-4. It's not about choice. It's not about euthanasia. It's about marginalizing persons with disabilities -- and justifying their deaths in a murder machine which was the dry run for the Final Solution. The previous writer didn't mention this in his/her review. This "film" must be viewed and reviewed from its true historical perspective. There was no sort of moral "choice" involved in Aktion T-4.

I chose purposefully not to comment on content. The only reason to seek out this thing is for the study of Nazi propaganda -- and not very successful propaganda at that. And as Aktion T-4 and history proves, being "put to sleep" has nothing to do with disability rights or choice.


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