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Mein Leben - Marcel Reich-Ranicki (2009)

In 1929, the 9 year old Polish Jew Marcel Reich-Ranicki is sent by his artistic mother to Berlin to study. Marcel loves the German literature and music, but in October 1938 the Nazis deport... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Marcel Reich-Ranicki - 16-38 Jahre)
... Tosia
... Helena Reich
... Dawid Reich
Alexander Khuon ... Aleksander Reich
Friederike Becht ... Gerda Reich
Filip Jarek ... Marcel Reich (8 Jahre)
... Onkel Jakub
... Mandelbaum
... Geheimdienstoffizier Kawalerowicz
... Angelika Hurwitz
Rolf Nagel ... Opa Mannhein
Barbara Philipp ... Genia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oliver Bigalke ... Soldat
Holger Handtke ... Höfle
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In 1929, the 9 year old Polish Jew Marcel Reich-Ranicki is sent by his artistic mother to Berlin to study. Marcel loves the German literature and music, but in October 1938 the Nazis deport him to Poland. After the German invasion of Poland, Marcel tries to survive in the ghetto of Warschau. In 1942 his parents and brother are deported and exterminated in Treblinka, but Marcel and his wife Tosia can hide with a friendly Polish couple till in 1944 the Russian army liberates them. A civil servant in postwar communist Poland, Marcel falls in disgrace in 1949. In 1958 he flees to Germany, where in Frankfurt he will become a distinguished literary critic for the FAZ. Written by fa404748 (Belgium)

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Jew who loved German Literature
11 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

This program was presented as an "extraordinary real-life story that is more miraculous than any fiction" and I only happened to start to watch it on television. I still however expected the usual Nazi pogrom story, but this time the program offered something totally different. The main character of the film, Marcel, was a Polish Jew who grew in Germany during the inter-war era. Marcel loved German literature and culture but despite this he had to suffer from persecution. Still he believed that not every German is an evil Nazi and he never lost his faith in the more civilized Germany. The big problem in his life was that he never really seemed to find his place, for the Nazis he was a Jew, for the Poles he was an "admirer of Hitler's language" and for the Soviets he was an SS collaborator because he had worked as an interpreter. The movie ends when Marcel moves to the West Germany and eventually finds his place as a celebrated literature critic.


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