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David (Mario Fischel), the son of a local rabbi (Walter Taub), sees the rise in anti-Semitism in 1930s Germany, but it isn't until his father's synagogue is burned down and his mother (... See full summary »

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Peter Lilienthal

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Fischel Mario Fischel ... David Singer
Walter Taub Walter Taub ... Rabbi Singer
Irena Vrkljan Irena Vrkljan ... Frau Singer - David's Mother
Eva Mattes ... Toni
Dominique Horwitz ... Leo Singer
Torsten Henties Torsten Henties ... David as child
Gustav Rudolf Sellner Gustav Rudolf Sellner ... Dr. Grell (as Rudolph Sellner)
Erik Jelde Erik Jelde ... (as Eric Jelde)
Franciszek Pieczka
Nikolaus Dutsch Nikolaus Dutsch ... Kohn
Sabine Andreas Sabine Andreas ... Rifka
Buddy Elias
Golda Tencer
Vladimir Weigl Vladimir Weigl ... (as Vladimir Weigel)
Hanns Zischler ... (as Johann Zischler)
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David (Mario Fischel), the son of a local rabbi (Walter Taub), sees the rise in anti-Semitism in 1930s Germany, but it isn't until his father's synagogue is burned down and his mother (Irene Vrkijan) is harassed and intimidated that he realizes just how dangerous Germany has become. For a while, he and his family manage to survive underground in Berlin. But a close encounter with a Nazi officer convinces him to break ties with everyone he loves and head out on his own.

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 March 1979 (West Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Jewish Survival In Nazi Germany...Very Emotive & Atmospheric
26 February 2007 | by Shilpot7See all my reviews

I originally read the very good autobiography 'David' and was then inspired to track down this movie.

Made in 1979, therefore quite early for feature films that explore the subject of The Holocaust.

It's also a German film, with English subtitles which immediately gives it a power and resonance. When originally released it did very well in Germany & won at least one major award at Berlin.

'David' is about a young Jewish man, who manages to survive the war actually living in hiding in Berlin (Jews who hid in Nazi Germany were nicknamed 'submarines')...while he witnesses and suffers his family's deportation, one by one.

The narrative is strangely disjointed at times...but the film is made so sensitively, understatedly & powerfully that it doesn't seem to matter. The period detail is so accurate and the relationships are deeply formed. The charming understated soundtrack also adds depth and poignancy.

If the subject of The Holocaust interests you, I wouldn't hesitate recommending you track this film down.


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