Ladder in the Lions' Den (2012)

The true story of 107-year-old Austrian Leopold Engleitner. He refused to join Hitler's army and to perform the "Heil Hitler" salute. Like a "ladder" lowered into the "lions' den," he was given a way out by the Nazis, but he did not give up his beliefs.


Bernhard Rammerstorfer, A. Ferenc Gutai (co-director)


Brian Dorsey (script editor), Frederic G. Fuss (script editor) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Rammerstorfer Bernhard Rammerstorfer Bernhard ... Leopold Engleitner
Frederic G. Fuss Frederic G. Fuss ... Narrator (voice)
Gordon Piedesack Gordon Piedesack ... Leopold Engleitner (voice)
Bernhard Rammerstorfer Bernhard Rammerstorfer


Why would a man faced with death in three Nazi concentration camps not sign a document granting him his freedom? This is the true story of 107-year-old Leopold Engleitner. This seemingly ordinary man was given the choice between life or death, and he found the extraordinary courage to stand by his conscience. Refusing to take up arms in support of Nazi aggression and to salute "Heil Hitler," his uncompromising stand put him and thousands of other Jehovah's Witnesses directly in the crosshairs of the Third Reich. Hitler personally proclaimed: "This brood will be exterminated in Germany!" Like a "ladder" lowered into the "lions' den" to which he was condemned, he was given a way out by the Nazis: in exchange for his freedom he was offered a document requiring him to renounce his faith and swear allegiance to Hitler. This-he refused. After surviving Buchenwald, Niederhagen, and Ravensbrück concentration camps, he weighed less than sixty-two pounds, but his will remained unbroken. ... Written by Bernhard Rammerstorfer

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Short | Biography | Drama



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German | English

Release Date:

November 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лестница в ров со львами See more »

Filming Locations:

Upper Austria, Austria See more »


Box Office


$150,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Bernhard Rammerstorfer See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (DVD version)


Black and White (HDCAM)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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