Murder by Signature (1961)

A Film from the Artur Brauner Collection at Our Library

Filmplakat »Eichmann und das Dritte Reich«

Detail of the movie poster for Murder by Signature
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The documentary Murder by Signature (originally titled Eichmann und das Dritte Reich, or Eichmann and the Third Reich) uses archival images to create a panorama of Nazi antisemitism, culminating in the deportation of European Jews. One of the main figures responsible for the murder of six million human beings was the former SS leader Adolf Eichmann, who succeeded in going underground and fleeing to Argentina after the war. In 1961, he was tried in Israel and sentenced to death.


W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
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German-Jewish journalist and filmmaker Erwin Leiser educated the German public about the background of the crimes tried in Jerusalem with film clips of the trial and explanations of documents. Leiser also created his own film footage, including an interview with Hessian Attorney General Fritz Bauer – who at the time was preparing the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials. Produced by the Swiss film producer Lazar Wechsler and Artur Brauner, the film becomes a mute lament when the sound cuts out as the pictures of the deportations are shown.

Written and directed by Erwin Leiser.


Erwin Leiser, Gott hat kein Kleingeld. Erinnerungen (God Doesn't Have Any Small change: Memories), Cologne, Kiepenheuer & Witsch 1993, 160-166


W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
Postal address: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin

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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.

Murder by Signature (1961)

Written and directed by Erwin Leiser

From Hell to Hell (1997)

Starring Anja Kling. Directed by Dmitri Astrachan.

Man and Beast (1963)

A film from the Artur Brauner Collection at our library

Babiy Yar: The Forgotten Crime (2003)

Starring Michael Degen, Katrin Saß, and Axel Milberg. Directed by Jeff Kanew

Witness out of Hell (1967)

Starring Irene Papas, Heinz Drache, and Daniel Gélin. Directed by Živorad Mitrović

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)

Starring Lino Capolicchio, Dominique Sanda and Helmut Berger. Directed by Vittorio De Sica

You Are Free, Dr. Korczak (1974)

Starring Leo Genn. Directed by Aleksander Ford.

Charlotte (1980)

Starring Birgit Doll, Elisabeth Trissenaar and Derek Jacobi. Directed by Frans Weisz.

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.

A Love in Germany (1983)

Starring Hanna Schygulla, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Otto Sander. Directed by Andrzej Wajda.

Ruth (1984)

With Sharon Brauner, Günter Lamprecht, and Mathieu Carrière. Directed by Jerzy Hoffman.

Angry Harvest (1985)

Starring Armin Mueller-Stahl and Elisabeth Trissenaar. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.

Hanussen (1988)

Starring Klaus Maria Brandauer. Directed by István Szabó.

The Rose Garden (1989)

Starring Maximilian Schell and Liv Ullmann. Directed by Fons Rademakers.

Morituri (1948)

Starring Walter Richter, Lotte Koch, and Klaus Kinski. Directed by Eugen York.

Europa Europa (1990)

Starring Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, and Hanns Zischler. Directed by Agnieszka Holland.

The Plot to Assassinate Hitler (1955)

Starring Wolfgang Preiss, Annemarie Düringer, and Robert Freitag. Directed by Falk Harnack.

Exiled/Izgoy (1991)

Starring Jossi Pollak. Directed by Vladimir Saveljev.

Sweetheart of the Gods (1960)

Starring Ruth Leuwerik, Peter van Eyck, and Harry Meyen. Directed by Gottfried Reinhardt.

Warsaw: Year 5703 (1992)

Starring Hanna Schygulla, Lambert Wilson and Julie Delpy. Directed by Janusz Kijowski.


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