IMDb > In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine (1997)

In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine (1997) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)


User Rating:
6.3/10   115 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 50% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
John Michalczyk (written by)
In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine examines the step-by-step process that led the German medical profession down an unethical road to genocide. | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Good, but there is a better similar documentary out there. See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)
Donald Winning ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Caplan ... Himself - Interviewee
Donald Dietrich ... Himself - Interviewee
Michael Grodin ... Himself - Interviewee
Michael Kater ... Himself - Interviewee
Jay Katz ... Himself - Interviewee
Eva Mozes Kor ... Herself - Interviewee
Hans Münch ... Himself - Former SS Doctor (archive footage)
Charles Roland ... Himself - Interviewee
Paul Vinger ... Himself - Interviewee

Directed by
John Michalczyk  (as John J. Michalczyk)
Writing credits
John Michalczyk (written by) (as John J. Michalczyk)

Produced by
Ronald Marsh .... associate producer
John Michalczyk .... producer (as John J. Michalczyk)
Claire Yannatos .... associate producer

Additional Details

Also Known As:
54 min

Did You Know?

Movie Connections:
Features Tomorrow's Children (1934)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Good, but there is a better similar documentary out there., 3 July 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Years ago, I couldn't sleep and decided to watch some TV at about 3am. I happened upon a wonderfully made documentary about the slow and deliberate process by which the Nazis indoctrinated the German public to prepare them for sterilizations and euthanasia. But, instead of proposing these programs be used on the Jews, it was first tried out on the mentally and physically ill--the so-called 'defectives'. When I started watching "Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine", I thought it might just be this same documentary. Although it turned out not to be the same one nor as good, it is excellent and well worth your time. However, care should be exercised concerning who watches it, as the film is NOT for kids--the clips shown in the film are very disturbing (which is no surprise).

"Shadow of the Reich" is about the German eugenics program. It traces it from the American eugenics program (which predated the German one and which consisted of compulsory sterilization programs in 23 states) as well as the progression of German doctors' involvement in the liquidation and experimentation on 'undesirables'. It consists of various film clips, interviews as well as narration--all creating an excellent portrait of the movement. Overall, it's very well made and will probably sadden it should. Worth seeing.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (1 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for In the Shadow of the Reich: Nazi Medicine (1997)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Last Days The Boy in the Striped Pajamas A Generation Apart Amen. The Truce
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew External reviews IMDb Documentary section
IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.