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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 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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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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difficult to judge, excellent film with evil intentions
18 October 2001 | by Hartmut BergerSee all my reviews

This is one of the best films made in the third reich with a credible storyline and very credible actors. On the other hand it is one of the most dangerous films containing poison that did not weaken in the 6 decades since its production. This film was intended as a preparation and secret promotion for hitler's euthanasia program. The plot(official, therefore no spoiler): A brilliant doctor's young wife falls ill to multiple sclerosis and urges him to kill her before the agony begins. Unable to find a cure he fulfills her wish and is accused of murder.This sounds like a dime novel but is based on real cases and presented in a very credible way(and I am allergic to sentimental films normally). This credibility and the fact that it is difficult to identify this as a nazi film by simple watching (a few seconds of cutting would remove all evidence) makes this film dangerous even today. The film asks the viewer for his judgement on the topic and even supplies him with possible objections but the answer is inevitable 'pro reo'. So this film could be used as ammunition in todays discussion about assisted suicide and its extensions (e.g. against the patients will if his resistance is considered as irrational by an authority as discussed in at least 2 western countrys). Therefore it (the film)is still banned in Germany except for scientific study. It's a pity, for it IS a very good film but I can't object the reasons.


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