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The mechanic Behnke wants to join the Nazi party to secure a good living. However, after his Jewish neighbors have been taken away, he changes his views. Trying to remain "a non-political ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Paul Esser ... Hans Behnke
Irene Korb Irene Korb ... Charlotte Blank Behnke
Karl Heinz Deickert Karl Heinz Deickert ... Hellmuth Behnke
Reinhold Bernt Reinhold Bernt ... Kurt Blank
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Rudi Wille
Werner Peters ... Udo Schulze
Brigitte Krause Brigitte Krause ... Inge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siegfried Andrich Siegfried Andrich ... SS-Mann
Helmut Bautzmann Helmut Bautzmann ... Arbeiter
Rudi Beil Rudi Beil ... MG-Schütze
Walther Diehl Walther Diehl ... Arbeiter
Hans Emons Hans Emons ... Arbeiter
Gerd Ewert Gerd Ewert ... Adjutant
Kitty Franke Kitty Franke ... Flüchtlingsfrau
Helmut Hain Helmut Hain ... Luftschutzhelfer
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The mechanic Behnke wants to join the Nazi party to secure a good living. However, after his Jewish neighbors have been taken away, he changes his views. Trying to remain "a non-political man," he withdraws from reality and becomes a Nazis laborer. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 February 1950 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Az erőszak árnyékában See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Tragic tale of ordinary German people set during Hitler's times.
7 August 2007 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Wolfgang Staudte fervently condemned the disinterested bourgeois who is not at all committed and hesitantly validates his standpoint. Rotation shows the dangers such an unbiased civilian is to compelled to confront.The film concentrates much on the past as key events are shown in a flashback.It showed how high unemployment in Germany resulted in Hitler's rise to power.Staudte has astutely shown a distressed Germany in which young Germans were trained by Nazis and everyone was taught to obey Hitler.Behnke recalls effectively all the difficult times he had to endure.He is happy to have a kid but can hardly imagine that his own child would betray him.Behnke was yearning for a serene Germany where his family would flourish.His generosity of spirit is revealed as he accepts his son without any feeling of hatred.After the war,Behnke family witnesses a sign of reconciliation as the father pardons his guilt-ridden son.


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