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Ich klage an (1941)

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 Mathias Wieman ... Dr. Bernhard Lang
Margarete Haagen Margarete Haagen ... Berta
Charlotte Thiele ... Dr. Barbara Burckhardt
Christian Kayßler 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, hard work and determination in the unexplored field of medical research, the esteemed Dr Thomas Heyt finally receives the letter from the University of Munich he had been waiting for so long. In the meantime, much to her delight, his lively young wife, the ecstatic Hanna, can't wait to announce the wonderful news: next fall, the renowned professor will be the director of the institute. 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. Inevitably, as the beautiful wife succumbs to her cruel and tragic fate, her pleas for help and a swift "release" to her husband will become more and more frequent, before Hanna is reduced to a mere fragment of her once vital self. But 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

Language:

German

Release Date:

29 August 1941 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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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Edited into Deutschland, erwache! (1968) See more »

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On the issue of euthanasia
8 March 2006 | by djc854See all my reviews

This film is a premier example of what a dangerous weapon the cinematic arts can be. _Ich klage an_ was a propaganda piece, carefully constructed by the Nazis, to persuade the viewing public how reasonable it would be for euthanasia to be first legalized and then state run. The sentimentality with which the relationship between the husband and his terminally ill wife is portrayed is brilliant. The debate in the jury room (the debate is over the euthanizing of the wife and the guilt of her murderer) is indeed one of the shrewdest pieces of propaganda in cinematic history. Germans in the Nazi period had great sympathy for the film and with few exceptions accepted the reasonableness of its arguments about "quality of life". We know where that led. If dead Nazis could vote on IMDb, they'd give _Ich klage an_ nines and tens for sure. Never again, dear friends, never again.


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