You Are Free, Dr. Korczak (1974)

A Film from the Artur Brauner Collection at Our Library

In the Warsaw Ghetto, Polish Jew Janusz Korczak looks after about 200 orphans. Again and again, he manages to save one of his charges from certain death. On the orders of the German occupiers, the orphanage is to be vacated along with the entire ghetto and the children deported to Treblinka in 1942. Korczak decides not to leave "his" children alone to their fate – he dies with them at the extermination camp.


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The movie portrays real people and events in the Warsaw ghetto. Polish director Aleksander Ford drew on the diaries of physician, educator, and children’s book author Dr. Janusz Korczak (1878–1942). In some film scenes, he also included photographs of the "Stroop Report", a report drawn up for Himmler about the ghetto’s liquidation. Artur Brauner had planned the film project back in the late 1950s. After the originally planned German–Polish co-production could not be realized for political reasons in the late 1960s, CCC was finally able to jointly produce it with an Israeli production company in 1973–74. Andrzej Wajda, who had studied under Ford and worked as his assistant, refilmed the same material in Poland in 1990.

Starring Leo Genn. Directed by Aleksander Ford.

Movie poster for "You Are Free, Dr. Korczak"

Movie poster for You Are Free, Dr. Korczak
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  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, Tobias. "New DVD: Sie sind frei, Dr. Korczak” (You Are Free, Dr. Korczak) (West Germany/Israel 1973). In: Internationale Schule für Holocaust-Studien (International School for Holocaust Studies). Published in the Yad Vashem E-Newsletter, 15 (2014).
  • Lubelski, Tadeusz. Korczak on Screen, Kraków: Fundacja Judaica - Centrum Kultury Żydowskiej, 2011.

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.

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.

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.


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