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Nackt unter Wölfen (1963)

As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Beyer

Writers:

Bruno Apitz (novel), Bruno Apitz (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Erwin Geschonneck ... Walter Kraemer
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... André Höfel
Krystyn Wójcik Krystyn Wójcik ... Marian Kropinski
Fred Delmare Fred Delmare ... Rudi Pippig
Viktor Avdyushko ... Leonid Bogorski
Gerry Wolff Gerry Wolff ... Herbert Bochow
Boleslaw Plotnicki ... Zacharias Jankowski
Peter Sturm Peter Sturm ... August Rose
Erik S. Klein Erik S. Klein ... Untersturmführer Reineboth
Herbert Köfer ... Hauptsturmführer Kluttig
Wolfram Handel Wolfram Handel ... Hauptscharführer Zweiling
Heinz Peter Scholz Heinz Peter Scholz ... Standartenführer Schwahl
Joachim Tomaschewsky Joachim Tomaschewsky ... Sturmbannführer Weisangk
Joachim Jablonski Joachim Jablonski ... Sturmbannführer Kamloth
Zygmunt Malanowicz ... Josef Pribula
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Storyline

As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of prisoners is transferred from Auschwitz, a four-year-old child is smuggled into the camp in a valise. Born at Auschwitz, he is Jewish and will be killed if discovered. A group of prisoners decide to protect the child from the searching Germans, and although the kapos cannot smuggle the boy out of Buchenwald, they manage to hide him--moving from one place to another within the camp as the Nazis comb it. Threats and torture by SS men fail to turn up the boy who becomes a symbol of the struggle between captives and captors. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | War

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Country:

East Germany

Language:

German | Polish | Czech | French | Russian

Release Date:

10 April 1963 (East Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Naked Among Wolves See more »

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Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

German Deputy Minister of Defense Admiral Waldemar Verner provided more than 3,000 soldiers to be used as extras. Principal photography took place in Buchenwald which was partly renovated by the Ministry of Construction for this purpose and in the Babelsberg Studios from 4 May to 10 September 1962. See more »

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Referenced in Geiger, Gaukler, Gentleman (2001) See more »

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25 February 2007 | by nyctc7See all my reviews

For historical significance this movie deserves more than a 7, but one should rate movies based on how much one actually liked the movie, thus my 7 rating. (This still means I liked and recommend the movie!) I watched this after seeing Frank Beyer's "Jakob the Liar," and I think "Naked Among Wolves" is the better film. One of my nit-picks with these films is that the harshness and brutality of life in the ghetto or concentration camp is not fully revealed. The films are products of their times, I suppose. And one cannot make actors look like skeletons. The most brutal portrayal of the holocaust I have seen (in a non-documentary) is in the TV mini-series "War and Remembrance." Neither of Beyer's films comes close. Again, I'm sure that there was so much an East German film director in the 1960's and 70's could do. That criticism out of the way, I think that "Naked Among Wolves" is a fine film with interesting characters and performances.


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