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Der Fall Gleiwitz (1961)

Re-enacted true story of successful assault by Nazis, posing as Poles, on a German border radio station so that Hitler could "justify" thereby his invasion of Poland.


Gerhard Klein


Wolfgang Kohlhaase (as Wolfgang Kohlhaas), Günther Rücker | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannjo Hasse ... Alfred Naujocks
Christoph Beyertt Christoph Beyertt ... Volksdeutscher Franz Sitte
Wolfgang Kalweit Wolfgang Kalweit ... Volksdeutscher Hans-Wilhelm Kraweit
Georg Leopold Georg Leopold ... Volksdeutscher Franz Wyczorek
Herwart Grosse Herwart Grosse ... Gestapochef Müller
Rolf Ripperger Rolf Ripperger ... Volksdeutscher Bieratzki
Manfred Günther Manfred Günther ... Volksdeutscher Kühnel
Rudolf Woschick Rudolf Woschick ... Volksdeutscher Tutzauer
Hilmar Thate ... KZ-Häftling
Rolf Ludwig Rolf Ludwig ... SS-Arzt
Friedrich Richter Friedrich Richter ... Jüdischer Professor
Günter Naumann Günter Naumann ... SS-Mann in Uniform
Paul-Dolf Neis Paul-Dolf Neis ... SD-Chef Gleiwitz
Heinz Schröder Heinz Schröder ... SD-Chef Oppeln
Margarete Taudte Margarete Taudte ... Schloßbesitzerin


Re-enacted true story of successful assault by Nazis, posing as Poles, on a German border radio station so that Hitler could "justify" thereby his invasion of Poland.

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East Germany



Release Date:

22 April 1961 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gleiwitz Case See more »

Filming Locations:

Gleiwitz, Germany

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Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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How to make a big lie work.
26 September 2005 | by d95112See all my reviews

This movie shows what it takes to trick a country into going to war. The mindset of those carrying out the operation is shown. This feels almost like a documentary. Lots of closeups that foreshadow the techniques of Sergio Leone. At times it moves quite fast and conveys the speed of the whole operation. At one time it moves at a pace to give the feeling of the waiting and tension that the operation itself produces. This movie would be perfect to see with DOWNFALL. The beginning and the end of the second world war,perfect bookends to all of the movies depicting World War II. This movie teaches lessons that are as full of meaning for today and the world situation.

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