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I accuse (1941)

Ich klage an (original title)
In this pro-euthanasia melodrama, a successful doctor is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision after his beautiful young wife is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heidemarie Hatheyer ... Hanna Heyt
Paul Hartmann ... Professor Thomas Heyt
Mathias Wieman ... Dr. Bernhard Lang
Margarete Haagen Margarete Haagen ... Berta
Charlotte Thiele ... Dr. Barbara Burckhardt
Christian Kayßler ... Landgerichtsdirektor Kriebelmeyer (as Christian Kayssler)
Harald Paulsen ... Eduard Stretter
Albert Florath Albert Florath ... Professor Schlüter
Ilse Fürstenberg Ilse Fürstenberg
Karin Evans Karin Evans ... Erna Balg
Hans Nielsen Hans Nielsen ... Dr. Höfer
Franz Schafheitlin Franz Schafheitlin ... Rechtsanwalt Straten
Erich Ponto ... Professor Werther
Otto Graf Otto Graf ... Staatsanwalt Engel
Werner Pledath Werner Pledath ... Pastor Gömer
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After years of dedication and hard work in the unexplored field of medical research, the esteemed physician, Dr Thomas Heyt, finally receives a long-awaited letter from the University of Munich. In the meantime, much to her delight, his lively young wife, Hanna, can't wait to announce the excellent news: next fall, the renowned professor will be the institute's new director. From now on, a promising career and a bright future await; however, when the beloved Hanna is diagnosed with the incurable and disabling disease of multiple sclerosis, everything will start coming apart. More and more--as the good doctor's beautiful wife succumbs to her cruel and tragic fate--Hanna's pleas for help and a swift "release" before she is reduced to a mere fragment of her once-vital self become painfully frequent. Now, Dr Thomas faces the most agonising dilemma in his entire career; nevertheless, can man play God? Written by Nick Riganas

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Acclaimed Nazi euthanasia classic; often discussed, rarely seen.

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Germany

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German

Release Date:

29 August 1941 (Germany) See more »

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I accuse See more »

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Tobis Filmkunst See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the cast and crew of this film would later face accusations of Crimes Against Humanity at Nuremberg Trials for contributing to the Nazi Action T-4 euthanasia program. See more »

Quotes

Hanna Heyt: [after willingly drinking an overdose of sleeping pills offered by her husband] Is this death?
Professor Thomas Heyt: This is death, Hanna.
Hanna Heyt: I love you, Thomas...
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Version of An Act of Murder (1948) See more »

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Nazi Euthanasia Propaganda Film
9 September 2006 | by kaylarigneySee all my reviews

This film was made to justify the killing of disabled Germans in the so-called Nazi euthanasia program, properly known as Aktion T-4. It's not about choice. It's not about euthanasia. It's about marginalizing persons with disabilities -- and justifying their deaths in a murder machine which was the dry run for the Final Solution. The previous writer didn't mention this in his/her review. This "film" must be viewed and reviewed from its true historical perspective. There was no sort of moral "choice" involved in Aktion T-4.

I chose purposefully not to comment on content. The only reason to seek out this thing is for the study of Nazi propaganda -- and not very successful propaganda at that. And as Aktion T-4 and history proves, being "put to sleep" has nothing to do with disability rights or choice.


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