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Murderers Among Us (1946)

Die Mörder sind unter uns (original title)
After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

Director:

Wolfgang Staudte
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hildegard Knef ... Susanne Wallner
Elly Burgmer Elly Burgmer ... Mutter des kranken Kindes
Erna Sellmer ... Elise Brueckner
Hilde Adolphi Hilde Adolphi ... Daisy
Marlise Ludwig Marlise Ludwig ... Sonja
Ursula Krieg Ursula Krieg ... Carola Schulz
Arno Paulsen Arno Paulsen ... Ferdinand Brueckner
Wilhelm Borchert Wilhelm Borchert ... Dr. Hans Mertens (as W. Borchert)
Robert Forsch Robert Forsch ... Herr Mondschein
Albert Johannes Albert Johannes ... Bartolomaeus Timm (as A. Johannes)
Wolfgang Dohnberg Wolfgang Dohnberg ... Fritz Knochenhauer
Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur Ernst Stahl-Nachbaur ... Arzt
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Storyline

Susanne Wallner returns to the ruins of Berlin from a Concentration Camp after WW2 to discover that someone else lives in her apartment: Dr. Hans Mertens, the war made him depressive and he drinks a lot of alcohol. Susanne asks him to go but he doesn't want to, so they share Susanne's apartment and even discover their sympathy and then their love for each other. That encourages him a little, of course. But then he hears that Ferdinand Brückner is still alive and also lives in Berlin. Brückner was his Captain during WW2, he gave the order to kill more than 100 innocent people, many children and women among them, on Christmas 1942 in Poland. Written by Cinemator

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

16 August 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murderers Among Us See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In 1945, Hildegard Knef spent 3 months in a POW camp in Poland, while in the movie, her character Susanne Wallner is said to be returning from a concentration camp. See more »

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Not all citizens blindly bowed to Nazi Regime's Insanity
4 October 2004 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

This powerful piece of Historic Fiction shows a realistic look at Post-WWII Germany, and the determination of the shook-up nation to pick up the pieces and survive their darkest chapter in modern history. Many gripping moments include the "return" of a young woman (played by a very young Hildegard Knef) who had spent years in Nazi concentration camps. Her innocence and purity are reflected in the woman's complete willingness to "forgive and forget" the attrocities witnessed and experienced.

A main character was a commanding officer responsible for horrible acts against innocent civilians, while another had refused to take part in such evil. The final scenes "drive home" the message how some feel no remorse for their evil deeds, while others remain plagued with the images of those mercilessly tortured and murdered.

Seeing the young woman who had been victimized by the evil regime step in to prevent a altercation between the man she loves and the man responsible for much of the suffering shows that humans are capable of forgiving and thus surviving into a better life, free of hate and vengeance.

I highly recommend the original German version with or without the subtitles. Many of the effects require the original sound track. This would be a valuable teaching tool for an advanced German class, or a related European History lesson


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