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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

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bruno Apitz was inspired by the story of the child's survival to work his own experiences in Buchenwald (where he was a prisoner from 1937 - 1945) into a movie script. When his expose was turned down by the DEFA he decided to write a novel instead. The novel was enormously successful (it sold 2 million copies and was translated into many languages), prompting the DEFA to reconsider. See more »

Alternate Versions

East German TV version runs approx. twenty minutes longer. This version was released on DVD in 2018. See more »

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

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great movie
6 March 1999 | by 8854See all my reviews

This movie is about a group of men in a concentration camp that find a small Jewish boy in a suitcase and set about hiding him from the Nazis. There's a lot of movies set in concentration camps and this is surely one of the best, a great character study. The Nazis are played with a matter of fact, almost understated coldness. The men aren't potrayed as heroes, but just everyday guys trying to hold on to some humanity, no matter what the risk. A compelling film.


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