The Downfall of Berlin: Anonyma (2008)
"Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  23 October 2008 (Germany)
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A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.



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Irm Hermann ...
Rüdiger Vogler ...
Ulrike Krumbiegel ...
Jördis Triebel ...
Roman Gribkov ...
Samvel Muzhikyan ...
Aleksandra Kulikova ...
Viktor Zhalsanov ...
asiatischer Rotarmist
Oleg Chernov ...
Erster Vergewaltiger
Frau Wendt
Anne Kanis ...


A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian and, for a day or two after the invasion, keeps herself safe, but then the rapes begin. She resolves to control her fate and invites the attentions of a Russian major, Andreij Rybkin. He becomes her protector of sorts subject to pressures from his own fellow soldiers and officers. Dramas play out in the block of flats where she lives. Is she an amoral traitor? She asks, "How do we go on living?" And what of Gerd and her diary? Written by <>

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World War II ends and her story begins...


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Release Date:

23 October 2008 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

A Woman in Berlin  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,439 (USA) (17 July 2009)


$291,812 (USA) (20 November 2009)

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The autobiographical book, of the same name, and film, is based on the diary of its author, Anonyma (meaning "unnamed author"), which is set between the dates of 29th April 1945 to 22nd June 1945. See more »


In the film it was announced that Germany had surrendered and the Russians broke into singing the anthem version that had been adopted somewhat in 1944 and known as the "Alexandrov version." However it had no lyrics until Stalin intervened. It is doubtful that war events would have permitted all soldiers to learn it because of the fierceness of the war. Most likely they would have broke into the chorus of the better known anthem which was known as "The Internationale." See more »


Anonyma: [in German] Soldier! Why are you taking a woman against her will?
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Featured in History: Anonyma - Die Frauen von Berlin (2010) See more »

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facing the taboo
27 October 2008 | by (paris,France) – See all my reviews

rape is the particular plight of women during war and acknowledged at long last as a war crime.The plight of German women at the end of WW II was especially awful as they had protection from no one. General Eisenhower who punished rape committed by his men with execution outside of Germany (first rape took place six hours after invasion of Normandy had begun)but as for German women all men had free hands as these women were all declared "willing". The Americans are the only ones to have gone through archives as for army rape in WW II however the one recent book existing is not allowed for publishing in the US because of the war in Iraq (!!)so exists in French version only. The French and the British have preferred to turn a blind eye to what was done by their soldiers towards German women let alone the Russians. It is very important that this film has been made at long last. Subject concerns all not just its victims let alone the children born out of the horrors. Bravo Germany.

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