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Naked Among Wolves (2015)

Nackt unter Wölfen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 1 April 2015
As WWII comes to an end, a group of Buchenwald's emaciated prisoners risk their lives for the safety of the camp's youngest inmate: a four-year-old Auschwitz-born Jewish prisoner. Is there a future for the Buchenwald boy?

Director:

Philipp Kadelbach

Writers:

Bruno Apitz (novel), Eugen Kogon (Der SS-Staat) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Florian Stetter ... Hans Pippig
Peter Schneider ... André Höfel
Sylvester Groth ... Helmut Krämer
Sabin Tambrea ... Hermann Reineboth
Robert Gallinowski Robert Gallinowski ... Robert Kluttig
Rainer Bock ... Alois Schwahl
Rafael Stachowiak Rafael Stachowiak ... Marian Kropinski
Thorsten Merten ... Hans Bochow
Torsten Michaelis Torsten Michaelis ... August Rose
Robert Mika Robert Mika ... Zacharias Jankowski
Matthias Bundschuh Matthias Bundschuh ... Gotthold Zweiling
Ulrich Brandhoff ... Heinrich Schüpp
Torsten Ranft ... Mandrill
Andreas Lust ... Förste
Marko Mandic Marko Mandic ... Leonid Bogorski
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Storyline

Taking place at the Concentration camp Buchenwald at the end of March 1945, prisoner Hans Pippig discovers in a carrying case of an incoming prisoner a Jewish child. If reported the three-year-old is sure to die. On the other hand, a violation of the rules of the camp would threaten the long prepared uprising of the concentration camp prisoners against the SS.

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A Story of Man's Will to Survive.

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

In 1964, the East Berlinbased Berliner Zeitung am Abend located the child upon whose story the story was based: Stefan Jerzy Zweig, who survived Buchenwald at the age of four with his father Zacharias, with the help of two prisoner functionaries: Robert Siewert and Willi Bleicher. Bleicher, a former member of the Communist Party of Germany (Opposition) and the kapo of the storage building, was the one who convinced the SS to turn a blind eye to the child. When Zweig was to be sent to Auschwitz, prisoners who were tasked with compiling the deportees' list erased his name and replaced him with Willy Blum, a sixteenyearold Sinto boy. Zweig moved to Israel after liberation, and later studied in France. After he was discovered to be the 'Buchenwald child', he settled in East Germany, where he remained until 1972. Zweig received much media and the public attention in the country. Blum's fate was only disclosed after the German reunification. See more »

Goofs

Kapos and inmates would not have referred to SS NCO's and Officers as 'Herr' as this was only used for Heer, Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine ranks. The use of 'Herr' was seen as a nod to the Prussian aristocracy which the SS eschewed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La noche de...: La noche de... Desnudo entre lobos (2020) See more »

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Not quite a true story
17 January 2016 | by gubrud-46545See all my reviews

The film is based on a novelization of the true story of a boy who was brought to Buchenwald with his father (not a stranger as depicted in the film) near the end of the war, while the mother and sister were killed in Auschwitz. The novel was written by a man who himself was a prisoner at Buchenwald for eight years, which lends credibility to the scene he paints. Nevertheless, some aspects of the situation in the camp and some dramatic events in the story were implausible. For me this undercut the grim realism and emotional impact of the film. It turns out that the actual story is both more tragic and morally ambiguous (search "buchenwald boy guardian" to learn more), whereas the film rather simplistically aims to depict "the best and worst of humanity."


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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Polish | French | Spanish | English

Release Date:

1 April 2015 (Germany) See more »

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UFA Fiction See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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