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Nackt unter Wölfen (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 1 April 2015
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 ... See full summary »

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Philipp Kadelbach

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Bruno Apitz (novel), Stefan Kolditz (screenplay)
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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 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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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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Country:

Germany

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German | Polish | French

Release Date:

1 April 2015 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Naked Among Wolves See more »

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UFA Fiction See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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The film was fine but it didn't scratch the surface of Buchenwald
28 October 2017 | by dlorahhunt-12765See all my reviews

I first heard about Buchenwald before I started kindergarten. My parents were talking in the living room late at night and they didn't realize I was in the hallway listening. My uncle was the Army photographer (in the Signal Corps) who accompanied the troops as they liberated Buchenwald. This film, for all of it's merits, seems like a whitewash. It didn't even scratch the surface of the horrors of Buchenwald. When the troops arrived there were human beings, still alive though just skin and bones, stacked like cordwood (i.e. layer upon layer of human beings, stacked in alternating directions). Not just one stack, there were many, many stacks lined up and prepared to be moved into the ovens. When he visited the home of the camp commander he photographed lamps with shades made from human skin, skin with tattoos. My father spoke of drums using human skin. There were other things. These images have polluted my mind from my youngest years. I barely knew what tattoos were...only because of Popeye the Sailor man, and when the drums were mentioned, I had the image of bongo drums because I heard these things in '61 or'62 and bongo drums were all the rage. I remember these things though I just heard them once. My uncle's photographs are in the Library of Congress. He never took another photograph in his life, never smiled, never visited the mountains, never visited the snow, and never spoke of what he had witnessed except once in 1961 or '62 in a special meeting with his father, his brothers, and his brother in law. The film is a good story, but the scenes of the camp and the prisoners seem like a Sunday picnic versus the reality. It felt more like history was being covered up than illuminated by this film.


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