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Title The axe of wandsbek = (Das Beil von Wandsbek)
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 150 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Summary Hamburg, Germany 1934: An executioner is needed. Teetjen (Erwin Geschonneck) makes the biggest mistake of his life. Because his butcher shop is facing bankruptcy, he agrees to execute a group of political prisoners for the Nazis. Once this becomes known, Teetjen's life falls apart. The Axe of Wandsbek was the only DEFA film made by Falk Harnack, a former anti-Nazi resistance fighter who was interested in exploring the involvement of the middle class in Nazi crimes. Despite positive reviews, the film was withdrawn shortly after its premiere; it became the first East German film ever to be banned. The film is adapted from one of the most important works by German-Jewish author Arnold Zweig; basing the story on real events, Zweig wrote the novel in exile in Palestine in 1943
Notes Title from title frames
Event Originally produced by DEFA Film Library in 1951
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Motion pictures.
National socialism.
Nazis.
Executions and executioners -- Germany (East)
Germany (East)
Genre/Form Feature films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Harnack, Falk, director
Braun, Käthe, actor
Geschonneck, Erwin, 1906-2008, actor
Helmke, Gefion, 1909-2001, actor
Kleinau, Willy A., 1907-1957, actor
Meissner, Ursula, actor
Schröder, Arthur, actor
Kanopy (Firm)
Other Titles (Das Beil von Wandsbek)