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Murderers Among Us (1946)
"Die Mörder sind unter uns" (original title)

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After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

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Ursula Krieg ...
Carola Schulz
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Wilhelm Borchert ...
Dr. Hans Mertens (as W. Borchert)
Robert Forsch ...
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Albert Johannes ...
Bartolomaeus Timm (as A. Johannes)
Wolfgang Dohnberg ...
Fritz Knochenhauer
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ...
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Susanne Wallner returns to the ruins of Berlin from a Concentration Camp after WW2 to discover that someone else lives in her apartment: Dr. Hans Mertens, the war made him depressive and he drinks a lot of alcohol. Susanne asks him to go but he doesn't want to, so they share Susanne's apartment and even discover their sympathy and then their love for each other. That encourages him a little, of course. But then he hears that Ferdinand Brückner is still alive and also lives in Berlin. Brückner was his Captain during WW2, he gave the order to kill more than 100 innocent people, many children and women among them, on Christmas 1942 in Poland. Written by Cinemator

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Shortly before the premiere, it was decided that leading actor Ernst 'Wilhelm Borchert' was not to be mentioned on posters and in the credits, since he had forged his forms of denazification. He had omitted that he had been a member of the NSDAP since 1933, but it later turned out his connection to the party was without further consequences. See more »

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Pathos after the war
11 November 2002 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

An early film with the late Hildegard Knef, Die Mörder sind unter uns is an ambitious war drama, far too pathetic in its tormenting sadness and melancholic agony but interesting though because it is obviously the first WWII drama from Germany at all. It shows pictures from destroyed Berlin without having to construct a setting as modern films do. It deals with the problem of responsibility in war situations just as other movies do, not as eloquently but honestly and simply earlier.


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