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Rousing biopic of Paul Kruger, the Boer guerilla fighter turned statesman and first president of South Africa. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Emil Jannings ... Ohm Krüger
Lucie Höflich ... Sanna Krüger
Werner Hinz ... Jan Krüger
Ernst Schröder ... Adrian Krüger
Elisabeth Flickenschildt ... Frau Kock
Gisela Uhlen ... Petra Krüger
Hedwig Wangel ... Königin Victoria

Ferdinand Marian ... Cecil Rhodes
Gustaf Gründgens ... Chamberlain

Hans Adalbert Schlettow ... Kommandant de Wett
Friedrich Ulmer ... Generalkommandant Joubert
Eduard von Winterstein ... Kommandant Cronje
Fritz Hoopts ... Feldkornett Colson
Max Gülstorff ... Staatssekretär Reitz
Walter Werner ... Abgeordneter Kock
Flockina von Platen ... Agentin Flora Shaw
Alfred Bernau ... Prinz von Gallien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerhard Bienert ... Schottischer Offizier beim Angriff der Engländer
Paul Bildt ... Holländischer Minister des Äußeren
Rudolf Blümner ... A professor
Louis Brody ... Häuptling Lobenguela
Josef Dahmen ... Englischer Soldat im Frauenkonzentrationslager
Gerda Danker
Ernst Dernburg
Joe Evens ... Singer
Viktor Gehring
Otto Graf ... Deutscher Minister des Äußeren
Aribert Grimmer
Willy Grunwald
Karl Haubenreißer ... Dr. Jameson
Erich Hecking
Friedel Heizmann
Ingeborg Johannsen
Käthe Jöken-König
Hilde Körber ... Burenfrau
Wolfgang Lukschy ... Junger englischer Offizier am englischen Hof
Karl Martell ... Englischer Offizier, der die Burenfarmen abbrennen lässt
Joe Münch-Harris
Harald Paulsen ... Französischer Minister des Äußeren
Werner Pledath
Louis Ralph
Paul Rehkopf
Arthur Reinhardt
Josef Reithofer
Franz Schafheitlin ... Lord Kitchener
Hans Hermann Schaufuß ... Militärarzt im Frauenkonzentrationslager
Georg H. Schnell
Walter Schramm-Duncker
Heinrich Schroth
Armin Schweizer ... Grand Chamberlain
Astrid Seiderer
Hans Stiebner ... A reporter
Werner Stock ... Reporter #1 im Hotel de Suisse
Walther Süssenguth ... Sergeant
Ferdinand Terpe
Theodor Thony
Jack Trevor ... Hoher Offizier beim Empfang Krügers am englischen Hof
Wolf Trutz
Charlotte Vetrone
Egon Vogel ... Reporter #2 im Hotel de Suisse

Otto Wernicke ... Kommandant des Konzentrationslagers
Gertrud Wolle

Directed by
Hans Steinhoff 
Karl Anton (uncredited)
Herbert Maisch (uncredited)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harald Bratt 
Kurt Heuser 
Arnold Krieger  novel "Mann ohne Volk"

Produced by
Emil Jannings .... producer
Fritz Klotsch .... executive producer (as Fritz Klotzsch)
Original Music by
Theo Mackeben 
Cinematography by
Fritz Arno Wagner 
Film Editing by
Martha Dübber 
Hans Heinrich 
Production Design by
Franz Schroedter 
Set Decoration by
Paul Markwitz 
Hans Minzloff 
Artur Nortmann 
Mathieu Oostermann 
Erich Schweder 
Theo Zwierski 
Costume Design by
Herbert Ploberger 
Production Management
Alfred Arbeiter .... unit manager
Karlheinz Bock .... unit manager
Rolf Geile .... unit manager
Rudolf Külüs .... unit manager
Roland von Rossi .... unit manager
Walter Zeiske .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Siegfried Krügler .... assistant director
Rudolf Külüs .... assistant director
Georg Alfred Prose .... assistant director
Roland von Rossi .... assistant director
Karl Anton .... second unit director (uncredited)
Herbert Maisch .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Emil Jannings .... artistic supervisor
Sound Department
Hans Grimm .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Friedl Behn-Grund .... exterior photography
Reinhold Draber .... still photographer
Ernst Elsigan .... assistant camera (as Ernst Elsingan)
Christian Nicolai .... still photographer
Erich Nitzschmann .... assistant camera
Horst Orgel .... assistant camera
Karl Plintzner .... assistant camera
Karl Puth .... exterior photography
Walter Rügge .... assistant camera
Franz von Klepacki .... assistant camera
Ernst Weiss .... assistant camera
Richard Wesel .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hans Strobach .... costumes
Eillroda Ursula Zilss .... costumes
Other crew
Ernst Braun .... production assistant
Hanns Gérard .... ballet master
Oskar Haarbrandt .... exteriors
Adolf Jensen .... exteriors
Alfred Kern .... production assistant
Ernst Mattner .... production assistant
Willy Morree .... production assistant
Heinz Opitz .... exteriors
Max Paetz .... production assistant
Gustav Rathje .... production assistant
Erich Voigt .... production assistant
Rolf von Botesku .... production assistant
Wolfgang von Padberg .... production assistant
Walter Zeiske .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Ohm Krüger" - Germany (original title)
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USA:124 min | Germany:135 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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For his performance as Paul Krüger, President of the Transvaal Free State Emil Jannings was presented by Josef Goebbels with the "Ring of Honour of the German Cinema".See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Carefully Consider The Source, 19 November 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Watching Ohm Kruger from the somewhat distant perspective of the next century and remembering what kind of ruthless and apartheid state the descendants of the Boer War veterans created after World War II you certainly have a different vision of the film and the time it portrayed and the time and place it was created. Ohm Kruger was a centerpiece propaganda effort for Joseph Goebbels and the German film industry during the Third Reich.

Emil Jannings plays a stout and resolute Kruger who fought at the head of his Boer people for the life of the two Boer Republics, his own Transvaal and the Orange Free State. It's a brilliant performance as good as The Blue Angel or even the films that won him the first Oscar for Best Actor in the American cinema.

The best propaganda will contain just enough truth to make it believable and Ohm Kruger does have some uncomfortable truths in it. Cecil Rhodes was indeed a scheming rogue with big ambitions which were fueled exponentially with the discovery of gold in the Transvaal. Like oil today its discovery excited the British who had already pushed the Boers out of the Cape Colony. Not that his Boers were the simple yeoman farmers. In fact they liked the idea of gold on their turf as much as any British people. The film shows Rhodes and his company looking to buy Boer land, but Kruger wants a law passed forbidding sale of land to foreigners.

What they can't buy they take. Which in a nutshell is the key to the Boer War. Kruger and his Boers fought back, but in the end lost mainly because of a method of war that was introduced by Lord Kitchener the British commander. Round up the civilian Boer farmers, destroy the farms and put them into camps to concentrate them. Hence the term concentration camps, invented by the British in that war.

All this was of course to justify the Nazi use of the same. Those camps for the Boers were no fun, they were not properly sanitized, people did die in them for lack of food and proper care. But what they weren't were systematic death machines used for the eradication of whole different kinds of people. That the Nazis perfected on their own.

In fact like good little Nazis the horrific climax of the film is the wholesale massacre of women and children in one of the camps that was commanded by an actor looking much like Winston Churchill, smoking a cigar with an English bulldog. Churchill was in the Boer War, but as a correspondant and he was captured by the Boers and later escaped to write an exciting book about it. He never was commandant of the camps, in fact was a new Tory Minister in Parliament when this was going on.

We also see a scotch swilling Queen Victoria always supplied with a flask by her faithful retainer John Brown who was already dead by the time of the Boer War. The Germans even when they had a parliament had a strong man minister in Bismarck and a succession of tools after him reporting to Kaiser Wilhelm II. Parliamentary democracy was not a concept grasped by the Germans so they were shown a ruling as well as a reigning Queen Victoria played by Hedwig Wangel. In fact she summons the Prince of Wales from the Folies Bergere in Paris to her deathbed to give her the charge of keep all the nations quarreling else they unite and finish us. And of course that's what Hitler was trying to do unite the nations against the only countries left in the fight against him at the point that Ohm Kruger was released, Great Britain and her Commonwealth partners and former colonies.

In all this very little mention is made of those who made up the vast majority of the population the natives of South Africa. British missionaries come in for their share of dissing when they're shown in one scene dispensing Bibles on one side and rifles on the other while teaching the natives to sing God Save The Queen. Later on Kruger confronts a native chief who has a British rifle. Just how many American westerns were made with the plot of evil white men arming the Indians for some nefarious purpose? But again it's good to remember these are the folks whose descendants instituted apartheid in the true Aryan racial tradition. Speaking of America, it gets barely a mention here, we were not in the war and the Nazis had hopes still of keeping it that way.

Ohm Kruger as a piece of propaganda fulfilled its mission. One will most certainly be reinforced in Anglophobia if one sees it. It's battle scenes and the scenes of the Boers mobilizing as a nation to fight tyranny from outside are impressive technically. It's a brilliant piece of film making, but the source has to be carefully considered.

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