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Music under the Swastika - The Maestro and the Cellist of Auschwitz
  • 86 min
  • English
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Why was classical music so important to Nazis? An insight into that is provided by the stories of a Jewish cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch who survived Auschwitz and of a star conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler who worked with the Nazis. The film centers around two people who represent musical culture during the Third Reich. Wilhelm Furtwängler was a star conductor, whereas Anita Lasker-Wallfisch was a cellist of the infamous Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz. The conductor made a pact with Hitler and his henchmen. The young woman, brought to Auschwitz for being Jewish, was spared death for her musical talent.
Film crew
  • Director:
    Christian Berger
  • Screenwriter:
    Christian Berger
  • Cinematographer:
    Johannes Imdahl, Sven Jakob-Engelmann, Paul Georg Busse, Simon Hatchkin, Nikolai Sevke
  • Producer:
    Bernhard von Hülsen, Maria Willer, Frauke Sandig, Tim Klimeš, Rolf Rische
  • Composer:
    Marcus Zahn
  • Sound operator:
    Waldemar Bruch, Andrew Cahill, Karsten Höfer, Robert Sandow, Martin Schleicher
  • Theme:
    History, War
  • Film studio:
    Deutsche Welle / 3B-Produktion
  • Language:
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