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Nackt unter Wölfen (1963)

As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of ... See full summary »

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Erwin Geschonneck ...
Walter Kraemer
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André Höfel
Krystyn Wójcik ...
Marian Kropinski
Fred Delmare ...
Rudi Pippig
Viktor Avdyushko ...
Leonid Bogorski
Gerry Wolff ...
Herbert Bochow
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Zacharias Jankowski
Peter Sturm ...
August Rose
Erik S. Klein ...
Untersturmführer Reineboth
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Hauptsturmführer Kluttig
Wolfram Handel ...
Hauptscharführer Zweiling
Heinz Peter Scholz ...
Standartenführer Schwahl
Joachim Tomaschewsky ...
Sturmbannführer Weisangk
Joachim Jablonski ...
Sturmbannführer Kamloth
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Josef Pribula
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As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of prisoners is transferred from Auschwitz, a four-year-old child is smuggled into the camp in a valise. Born at Auschwitz, he is Jewish and will be killed if discovered. A group of prisoners decide to protect the child from the searching Germans, and although the kapos cannot smuggle the boy out of Buchenwald, they manage to hide him--moving from one place to another within the camp as the Nazis comb it. Threats and torture by SS men fail to turn up the boy who becomes a symbol of the struggle between captives and captors. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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10 April 1963 (East Germany)  »

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Naked Among Wolves  »

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German Deputy Minister of Defense Admiral Waldemar Verner provided more than 3,000 soldiers to be used as extras. Principal photography took place in Buchenwald which was partly renovated by the Ministry of Construction for this purpose and in the Babelsberg Studios from 4 May to 10 September 1962. See more »

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As fiction, this is a fine film; but it is fiction.
14 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

The Communist prisoners did not lead a revolt to liberate Buchenwald, which was liberated by the United States Army. The movie does not show one American. The German Democratic Republic set up a ceremonial entry to the camp next to the tower that predated the camp. They put up a giant statue showing armed prisoners. After unification, the German government moved the entrance to the main gate (seen often in the movie) and closed off the ceremonial entrance. The tower was closed to the public, ostensibly because it was unsafe. The statues were allowed to rust. In any event, East Germany overlooked another force for revolt, the Canadians. An article I wrote about a stamp showing the monument brought a flood of mail from Canada informing me that the Canadians, not the Communists, were at the core of the revolt.


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