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This story of mistaken identity was taken from the experiences of writer Hermann Kant when he was a 19-year-old soldier in the German Wehrmacht. In the film, the soldier is drafted into the army just after the siege of Stalingrad in 1943 and is taken prisoner in Poland, where a mother has accused him of being the SS man who killed her daughter earlier in the war. While in prison he is given dangerous work in the prison yard but survives intact. Eventually, the soldier hears about the extermination camps of Lublin, Auschwitz and other sites, and has changed his feelings toward the army. Meanwhile, his case is coming up for review and even a jail companion from his same army unit is afraid to come to his defense because of possible repercussions. This film was withdrawn from competition at the 1983 Berlin Film Festival because of objections to its content. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast

Sylvester Groth
as Mark Niebuhr
Fred Dueren
as General Eisensteck
Klaus Piontek
as Major Lundenbroich
Guenter Junghans
as Gestapo Commissioner Rudlof
Hans-Uwe Bauer
as Coporal Fensko
Gustaw Lutkiewicz
as Pan Szybko
Krzysztof Chamiec
as Chief
Roman Wilhelmi
as Ohnehals

Crew

Frank Beyer
Director
Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Screenwriter
Eberhard Geick
Cinematographer
Rita Hiller
Editor
Alfred Hirschmeier
Set Designer
Herbert Ehler
Production Manager
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