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Title The axe of wandsbek = (Das Beil von Wandsbek).
Imprint [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014.

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Subject Motion pictures.
National socialism.
Nazis.
Executions and executioners -- Germany (East)
Germany (East)
Alt Name Harnack, Falk,
Braun, Kathe,
Geschonneck, Erwin,
Helmke, Gefion,
Kleinau, Willy A.,
Meissner, Ursula,
Schroder, Arthur,
Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 150 min.)
Note Title from title frames.
Originally produced by DEFA Film Library in 1951.
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 Despite positive reviews, the film was withdrawn shortly after its premiere; it became the first East German film ever to be banned.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.
Publisher # 1116590 Kanopy
OCLC # 900276076


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