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Naked Among Wolves (1963)

Nackt unter Wölfen (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 10 April 1963 (East Germany)
In the last weeks of World War II, inmates of Buchenwald concentration camp hide a Polish child from the SS guards, hoping that the advance of the American forces will set them free.

Director:

Frank Beyer

Writers:

Bruno Apitz (novel), Bruno Apitz (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erwin Geschonneck ... Walter Kraemer
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... André Höfel
Krystyn Wójcik Krystyn Wójcik ... Marian Kropinski
Fred Delmare ... Rudi Pippig
Viktor Avdyushko ... Leonid Bogorski
Gerry Wolff Gerry Wolff ... Herbert Bochow
Boleslaw Plotnicki ... Zacharias Jankowski
Peter Sturm Peter Sturm ... August Rose
Erik S. Klein Erik S. Klein ... Untersturmführer Reineboth
Herbert Köfer ... Hauptsturmführer Kluttig
Wolfram Handel Wolfram Handel ... Hauptscharführer Zweiling
Heinz Peter Scholz Heinz Peter Scholz ... Standartenführer Schwahl
Joachim Tomaschewsky Joachim Tomaschewsky ... Sturmbannführer Weisangk
Joachim Jablonski Joachim Jablonski ... Sturmbannführer Kamloth
Zygmunt Malanowicz ... Josef Pribula
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Storyline

As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of prisoners is transferred from Auschwitz, a four-year-old child is smuggled into the camp in a valise. Born at Auschwitz, he is Jewish and will be killed if discovered. A group of prisoners decide to protect the child from the searching Germans, and although the kapos cannot smuggle the boy out of Buchenwald, they manage to hide him--moving from one place to another within the camp as the Nazis comb it. Threats and torture by SS men fail to turn up the boy who becomes a symbol of the struggle between captives and captors. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

Wolfgang Lagerhoff, himself a former concentration camp prisoner, was first asked to direct the movie, but he could not find the time. It was then offered to Frank Beyer, who had already done two historic and unique war movies (Fünf Patronenhülsen (1960), Royal Children (1962)). See more »

Alternate Versions

East German TV version runs approx. twenty minutes longer. This version was released on DVD in 2018. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Geiger, Gaukler, Gentleman (2001) See more »

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great movie
6 March 1999 | by 8854See all my reviews

This movie is about a group of men in a concentration camp that find a small Jewish boy in a suitcase and set about hiding him from the Nazis. There's a lot of movies set in concentration camps and this is surely one of the best, a great character study. The Nazis are played with a matter of fact, almost understated coldness. The men aren't potrayed as heroes, but just everyday guys trying to hold on to some humanity, no matter what the risk. A compelling film.


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Country:

East Germany

Language:

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Release Date:

10 April 1963 (East Germany) See more »

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Deutsche Film (DEFA) See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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