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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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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 ...
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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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Naked Among Wolves  »

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Wolfgang Lagerhoff, himself a former concentration camp prisoner, was first asked to direct the movie, but he could not find the time. It was then offered to Frank Beyer, who had already done two historic and unique war movies (Fünf Patronenhülsen 1960, Königskinder 1962) See more »

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25 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

For historical significance this movie deserves more than a 7, but one should rate movies based on how much one actually liked the movie, thus my 7 rating. (This still means I liked and recommend the movie!) I watched this after seeing Frank Beyer's "Jakob the Liar," and I think "Naked Among Wolves" is the better film. One of my nit-picks with these films is that the harshness and brutality of life in the ghetto or concentration camp is not fully revealed. The films are products of their times, I suppose. And one cannot make actors look like skeletons. The most brutal portrayal of the holocaust I have seen (in a non-documentary) is in the TV mini-series "War and Remembrance." Neither of Beyer's films comes close. Again, I'm sure that there was so much an East German film director in the 1960's and 70's could do. That criticism out of the way, I think that "Naked Among Wolves" is a fine film with interesting characters and performances.


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