section KINO FERMISHED

ZEITZEUGENGESPRÄCH

  • Volker Schlöndorff
  • DE
  • 2021
  • 138 Min

A contemporary witness to an entire century; Leon “Henry” Schwarzbaum turned 100 in February. Volker Schlöndorff speaks to survivors of the Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen concentration camps, posing questions formulated by trainee workers and schoolchildren from Brandenburg.

Leon Schwarzbaum was born in Hamburg in 1921. He was 23 when he and his companions in grief were liberated by the Allies whilst on a death march from the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Schwerin at the end of the Second World War. As one of the few surviving contemporary witnesses, Schwarzbaum speaks first and foremost to young people about his experiences and the horrors of the National Socialists’ extermination policy.


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original title ZEITZEUGENGESPRÄCH

international title ZEITZEUGENGESPRÄCH

german title ZEITZEUGENGESPRÄCH

JFBB section KINO FERMISHED

  • director Volker Schlöndorff

country/countries DE

year 2021

duration 138 Min

screenplay Volker Schlöndorff, Andreas H.E. Kimmel

director of photography Paul Schmidt, Ben Decker, Michael Weigand

sound Christian Wagner

music Max Doehlemann, Katharina Elisabeth Schmitz, Alina Gelfond

editing Andreas Schumacher, Paul Schmidt

producer Volker Schlöndorff, Andreas H.E. Kimmel

production company Hauptstadt TV, PRO BRANDENBURG e.V., PROGRESSIVE JÜDISCHE GEMEINDE MICHELSBERG e.V.