While Joseph Goebbels infamously declared Berlin "free of Jews" in 1943, 1,700 managed to survive in the Nazi capital through the end of WWII. The Invisibles traces the stories of four young people who learned to hide in plain sight.


Claus Räfle


Claus Räfle (screenplay), Alejandra López (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Mauff ... Cioma Schönhaus
Alice Dwyer ... Hanni Lévy
Ruby O. Fee ... Ruth Arndt
Aaron Altaras ... Eugen Friede
Victoria Schulz ... Ellen Lewinsky
Florian Lukas ... Werner Scharff
Andreas Schmidt ... Hans Winkler
Sergej Moya ... Ludwig Lichtwitz
Lucas Reiber ... Jochen Arndt
Rick Okon ... Bruno Gumpel
Robert Hunger-Bühler ... Dr. Franz Kaufmann
Maren Eggert Maren Eggert ... Helene Jacobs
Steffi Kühnert ... Frau Gehre
Swetlana Schönfeld Swetlana Schönfeld ... Frau Schirrmacher
Naomi Krauss Naomi Krauss ... Viktoria Kolzer


Berlin, February 1943: The NS regime declares the Reich's capital "free of Jews." At this point in time, 7000 Jews have succeeded in going underground. Almost 1700 will survive the horrors of the war in Berlin. The Invisibles tells the stories of four of these contemporary witnesses. Hanni Lévy, who has just turned 17, has lost both of her parents. Thanks to her dyed, blonde hair, she is practically invisible to her pursuers, and strolls along the Ku'damm to pass the time away. Cioma Schönhaus has also gone underground and leads an adventurous life that consists of buying a sailboat, dining in Berlin's best restaurants, and becoming a forger of passports, through which he saves the lives of dozens of other Jews. And while Eugen Friede joins a resistance group that distributes anti government leaflets, Ruth Arndt and a friend dream about life in America during the daytime; at night, she pretends to be a war widow and serves black-market gourmet foods in the apartment of an NS officer. ...

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Berlin, 1943: The True Story of Four Young People Who Must Hide Their Identities to Survive


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The interviews with the survivors were conducted in 2009. See more »


Cioma Schönhaus: I am not ready yet. I want to stay here. I want to live.
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References Love in Stunt Flying (1937) See more »


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A Great Addition
2 June 2019 | by Moviegoer19See all my reviews

One reviewer here asks how much more drama can be "squeezed" from this "event". I would answer an infinite amount. There will never be too much that can be said or portrayed about the largest act of genocide, torture and madness. To the already copious number of films on the subject, comes The Invisibles, a docudrama, so labeled with names of the two genres that combine successfully to make up this film. I thought the combination worked extremely well. Having the actual photographic footage of Berlin during the war gave the film an aura of authenticity that enhanced it. Also, the interviewing of the survivors, combined with enactments of what they were reporting, also worked extremely well. In fact, seeing and listening to them made watching the film more bearable for me as I knew they avoided the horrific fate that most of their compatriots didn't. The only reason I rated The Invisibles a 9 and not a 10 was because in a couple of instances I experienced some confusion, mainly about who was who. I think there could have been a bit more clarity in this area. Other than that, the world now has another documentation of something that you'd think happens only in nightmares.

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German | Hebrew

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26 October 2017 (Germany) See more »

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$27,164, 27 January 2019

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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