Witness out of Hell (1967)

A Film from the Artur Brauner Collection at Our Library

During his investigations against the Nazi war criminal Dr. Berger – who has since become the director of a pharmaceutical company – the prosecutor, Hoffmann, comes across Jewish survivor Lea Weiss. Shortly after the war, she told a Yugoslav writer about her mistreatment during medical experiments in concentration camps. However, 20 years on, she is no longer willing to testify in court against her tormentor, the former concentration camp physician, Dr. Berger. But Attorney Hoffmann pushes her – to suicide.

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library

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

The film was inspired by the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial that began in 1963. Constructed like a lesson, it raises the question of how the suffering in concentration camps can be later represented and judged by legal means. It also addresses the precarious position of survivors and their testimonies in the West German Nazi trials. The film's working title was Bittere Kräuter (Bitter Herbs), alluding to one of the ritual dishes eaten at the beginning of the Passover festival symbolizing "bitter life in exile." The Yugoslav-German co-production showed German cinema audiences a survivor who was scarred by the camp and retraumatized by the upcoming trial.

Scene from the movie "Witness out of Hell"

Scene from the movie Witness out of Hell
CCC Filmkunst

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

Reference

Loewy, Ronny. "Zeugin aus der Hölle" (Witness out of Hell). In: Jahrbuch des Fritz-Bauer-Instituts. Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag, 2001, 265–275.

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Library

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

Film Collection (21) Artur Brauner Collection Show all

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.

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.

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.

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