Oppermann Family (1983)
"Die Geschwister Oppermann" (original title)

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History of a Jewish family, the Oppermanns, in Berlin at the end of 1932, after Hitler has become the leader of Germany's strongest political party.

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Wolfgang Kieling ...
 Martin Oppermann
Rosel Zech ...
 Lieselotte Oppermann
Till Topf ...
 Berthold Oppermann
Michael Degen ...
 Dr. Gustav Oppermann
Ilona Grübel ...
 Sybil
Peter Fitz ...
 Prof. Edgar Oppermann
Karola Ebeling ...
 Gina
Britta Pohland ...
 Ruth
Kurt Sobotka ...
 Jacques Lavendel
Andrea Dahmen ...
 Klara Lavendel, geb. Oppermann
Manuel Vaessen ...
 Heinrich
Christoph Quest ...
 Joachim Ranzow
Gert Haucke ...
 Prof. Mühlheim
Kurt-Otto Fritsch ...
 Prokurist Brieger
Achim Strietzel ...
 Prokurist Hinze
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History of a Jewish family, the Oppermanns, in Berlin at the end of 1932, after Hitler has become the leader of Germany's strongest political party.

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30 January 1983 (Sweden)  »

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A Remarkable and Little Known Gem from Germany
16 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this production many years ago, it was broadcast over the local educational TV station as part of Holocaust Observance Week. I still can recall after so much time has passed (over 25 years) just how significantly and profoundly this story then moved me.

The film deals with a subject almost unknown in the USA-----how Hitler managed to LEGITIMATELY rise to the summit of power in Germany during 1932-1933. It also shows with stunning and powerful detail the contemporaneous effect of this fact on an upper middle class Jewish family. As a cinematic lesson in history, it is unparalleled---because it is based upon a novel written at the time these events actually unfolded.

Unfortunately, "The Oppermanns" is also rare and hard to find. But the search is well worth it. Anyone who wonders how such a country as cultured as the German Weimar Republic could evolve into a Nazi dictatorship can see the relevant events take place in almost documentary-like detail. And those who believed that the signs of Hitler's danger to the world in general and the Jews in particular were years away will observe for themselves just how wrong they were.

While we are bombarded continuously by the most trivial and inconsequential "entertainment," a major accomplishment like "The Oppermanns" must languish as an undiscovered classic.

I recently had the opportunity to see this film again. Its power is undiminished----its message (if anything) is even more relevant----and its importance to us today as a great historical document is without question.


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