The film tells of neighborliness, envy, and greed just before the biggest massacre committed by the German Einsatzgruppen, or death squads. Following the occupation of the city of Kiev by the German Wehrmacht, a Ukrainian woman seizes an opportunity for herself and her daughter and denounces their Jewish neighbors. The long-standing friendship between the families gives rise to a surprising twist, which nevertheless cannot stop the killing.
W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin
On 29 and 30 September 1941, task forces of the security police and the SD (the Reichsführer SS Security Service), shot more than 33,000 Jewish men, women, and children to death at Babi Yar ravine. Artur Brauner lost several relatives in the massacre. The idea for the screenplay of this German–Belarusian co-production was his and he was also involved in the film editing, which integrates original documentary footage into the film. The closing credits point out that the project was denied film subsidies.
Starring Michael Degen, Katrin Saß, and Axel Milberg. Directed by Jeff Kanew.
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Film Collection: Artur Brauner Collection (21)
Artur Brauner Collection
The media library of our Library presents selected work by one of the most successful film producers in German post-war history.
Babiy Yar: The Forgotten Crime (2003)
Starring Michael Degen, Katrin Saß, and Axel Milberg. Directed by Jeff Kanew
A Love in Germany (1983)
Starring Hanna Schygulla, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Otto Sander. Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
With Sharon Brauner, Günter Lamprecht, and Mathieu Carrière. Directed by Jerzy Hoffman.
Witness out of Hell (1967)
Starring Irene Papas, Heinz Drache, and Daniel Gélin. Directed by Živorad Mitrović
From Hell to Hell (1997)
Starring Anja Kling. Directed by Dmitri Astrachan.
Starring Walter Richter, Lotte Koch, and Klaus Kinski. Directed by Eugen York.
Man and Beast (1963)
A film from the Artur Brauner Collection at our library
Sweetheart of the Gods (1960)
Starring Ruth Leuwerik, Peter van Eyck, and Harry Meyen. Directed by Gottfried Reinhardt.
Europa Europa (1990)
Starring Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, and Hanns Zischler. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
Starring Klaus Maria Brandauer. Directed by István Szabó.
Murder by Signature (1961)
Written and directed by Erwin Leiser
Angry Harvest (1985)
Starring Armin Mueller-Stahl and Elisabeth Trissenaar. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
The White Rose (1982)
Starring Lena Stolze, Ulrich Tukur, and Martin Benrath. Directed by Michael Verhoeven.
The Passerby (1982)
With Romy Schneider, Michel Piccoli, and Helmut Griem. Directed by Jacques Rouffio.
The Rose Garden (1989)
Starring Maximilian Schell and Liv Ullmann. Directed by Fons Rademakers.
Starring Jossi Pollak. Directed by Vladimir Saveljev.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
Starring Lino Capolicchio, Dominique Sanda and Helmut Berger. Directed by Vittorio De Sica
Warsaw: Year 5703 (1992)
Starring Hanna Schygulla, Lambert Wilson and Julie Delpy. Directed by Janusz Kijowski.
The Plot to Assassinate Hitler (1955)
Starring Wolfgang Preiss, Annemarie Düringer, and Robert Freitag. Directed by Falk Harnack.
Starring Birgit Doll, Elisabeth Trissenaar and Derek Jacobi. Directed by Frans Weisz.
You Are Free, Dr. Korczak (1974)
Starring Leo Genn. Directed by Aleksander Ford.