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Matinee Saxon State Archive 2021
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… vergeßt uns nicht! [Ausschnitt] Michael Wünsch, Christine Beer
At the district level, the SED’s legitimization and claim to moral leadership are brought into a line of tradition with the illegal KPD resistance in the Weimar Republic.
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… vergeßt uns nicht! [Ausschnitt]

… vergeßt uns nicht! [Ausschnitt]
Michael Wünsch, Christine Beer
Matinee Saxon State Archive 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1984
15 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Michael Wünsch
Christine Beer
Filmstudio am Haus der Jungen Pioniere "Georg Schwarz", Leipzig
Michael Wünsch
Christine Beer
Thilo Kersten
Benedikt Rösel
Janek Ziegler
Christine Beer
Gabi Blumentritt
Maro Nagel
Thomas Huschlo
Bert Gahrmann
Thomas Voßbeck
Janek Ziegler
Hagen Reckziegel
Rainhardt Mißbach
Thomas Böttger

A film is ceremonially screened on the 40th anniversary of the murder of the resistance group around KPD (Communist Party of Germany) functionary Georg Schuman. Present is Horst Schumann, son of the resistance fighter and 1st Secretary of the SED Leipzig District Authority. The filmed document and the documented screening become propaganda accomplices: The GDR present perpetuates the history of NS resistance.

Konstantin Wiesinger
Genius Loci 2020
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[Leipzig, Bahnhofsvorplatz] Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
The hectic atmosphere on the station forecourt hasn’t changed in all those years. Even in 1988, this inhospitable place was crossed at the quickest possible pace.
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[Leipzig, Bahnhofsvorplatz]

[Leipzig, Bahnhofsvorplatz]
Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1988
3 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig

Romantic train rides? Rapid cuts and pans show the profane, hectic everyday life of a big city that has no time for romance. The “last mile” to the place of actual departure is covered at a quick pace – by taxi, streetcar or bus. Serious, tired or withdrawn faces hurry to leave the inhospitable station forecourt behind.

Konstantin Wiesinger
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Regional (Heeme)
Retrospective 2021
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Aktion J Walter Heynowski
A polemical biographical research of Adenauer’s Chief of Staff of the Chancellery Globke: Nazi administrative lawyer, Eichmann confidant, accomplice to the racist declassification of Jews.
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Aktion J

Aktion J
Walter Heynowski
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1961
103 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Walter Heynowski
Deutscher Fernsehfunk (DFF)
Walter Heynowski
Rolf Sperling
Bert Schultz

Heynowski’s biographical research in the guise of an exposé film was part of a campaign coordinated by SED functionary Albert Norden to unmask the FRG as a fascist state. Documents and commentaries trace the career of Adenauer’s Chief of Staff of the Chancellery, Hans Globke, who had collaborated in the systematic marking and racist declassification of Jews as a Nazi administrative lawyer and Eichmann confidant. The facts had been on the table for some time, but acquired new propaganda value in view of the impending Eichmann trial. In 1961, “Operation J” was awarded a main prize at the International Leipzig Documentary and Short Film Week.

Sylvia Görke
Matinee Saxon State Archive 2021
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Als die Anemonen blühten Kollektiv
A restrained and thoughtful look at the “Below Forest Death March” which leaves room for nuances: Concentration camp inmates leave carvings on the trees. The testimonies “grow over”.
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Als die Anemonen blühten

Als die Anemonen blühten
Kollektiv
Matinee Saxon State Archive 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1983
7 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Kollektiv
Cine-Pentama-Studio "Hans Beimler" VEB Kombinat Lokomotivbau-Elektrotechnische-Werke Hennigsdorf

A formally sophisticated and thoughtful film about the “Below Forest Death March” memorial site: In the late spring of 1945, this wooded area near Wittstock became an improvised temporary camp for inmates of the Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück concentration camps. They eternalized themselves and their fate by carving on the trees. But what does “eternal” mean? The trees grow, change and renew their skin …

Konstantin Wiesinger
Retrospective 2021
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Berlin-Totale XIV. 2. d) Almstadtstraße Karl-Heinz Wegner
A production of the State Film Documentation, which was set up to preserve uncensored GDR reality: Long-term residents look back on the German-Jewish history of “their” street.
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Berlin-Totale XIV. 2. d) Almstadtstraße

Berlin-Totale XIV. 2. d) Almstadtstraße
Karl-Heinz Wegner
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1979
35 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Karl-Heinz Wegner
Veronika Otten
Roland Worel
Dieter Schönberg
Dieter Harms

Why this film document about a street in East Berlin is the way it is, why it conveys an almost touching, basically unformed honesty and perplexity, is due to the specific institution it was made for. The State Film Documentation was founded to provide the GDR with uncensored testimonies of its own reality. Three long-time residents look, through notoriously draughty windows, at the notoriously chilly German-Jewish history: Herr Miegel, former pub owner, Frau Kramp, former cinema employee, Mischket Liebermann, writer and GDR cultural politician. They have been neighbours in their district forever. They will probably remain strangers to each other forever.

Sylvia Görke
Retrospective 2021
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Buchenwald Günter Weschke
The Buchenwald Memorial was the first national memorial of the GDR. From 1961 to 1975, every memorial tour began with this introductory film, in which the Jewish victims are barely mentioned.
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Buchenwald

Buchenwald
Günter Weschke
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1961
26 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Günter Weschke
DEFA-Studio für Wochenschau und Dokumentarfilme
Günter Weschke
Heiner Müller
Günter Weschke
Heinz Reusch
Kurt Wolfram
Sergio Günther
Ekkehard Schall
Wolfgang Heinz

The inauguration of the “National Buchenwald Memorial”, the first national memorial of the GDR, took place in 1958. The monumental site was also meant to demonstrate the state-supporting importance of a selective culture of remembrance, commemorating the communist resistance fighters – and omitting the fact that the graves were mainly filled with Jewish victims. In 1961, DEFA completed this “introductory film”, commissioned by the Buchenwald committee, which talks about Goethe, Schiller, Thälmann, but only very marginally about Jews. Every visitor’s memorial tour started with this until 1975. Its scriptwriter and production manager was the playwright Heiner Müller, a fact that was not known until 2004.

Sylvia Görke
Matinee Saxon State Archive 2021
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Das Mahnmal K. Kayser, B. Schmidt, K. Coccejus
Conveyed by innovative music and original sound bites, a disturbing dialogue between a memorial to National Socialist crimes and its viewers evolves.
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Das Mahnmal

Das Mahnmal
K. Kayser, B. Schmidt, K. Coccejus
Matinee Saxon State Archive 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1975
10 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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K. Kayser
B. Schmidt
K. Coccejus
Amateurfilmstudio Fernsehsender Schwerin

An innovative approach to the subject of National Socialism which uses a composition by Georg Katzer, a GDR pioneer of Neue Musik. The sound level – acoustic distortions and sound bites by leading representatives of the Third Reich – dominates, juxtaposed with minimalist images. A dialogue between viewers and memorial evolves in shots and counter shots.

Konstantin Wiesinger
Genius Loci 2020
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Die letzte Fahrt Filmstudio Kulturhaus der Eisenbahner Leipzig
The tone is sober, but the occasion inspires nostalgia: the last ride of an express steam train from Leipzig Central Station on 30 September 1978.
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Die letzte Fahrt

Die letzte Fahrt
Filmstudio Kulturhaus der Eisenbahner Leipzig
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1978
3 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Filmstudio Kulturhaus der Eisenbahner Leipzig
Filmstudio Kulturhaus der Eisenbahner Leipzig

Pointedly sober and factual, the speaker explains the necessary preparations for the last departure of an express steam train headed for Berlin from Leipzig Central Station on 30 September 1978. Numerous amateur filmmakers and photographers accompany the steam engine as it departs on its final mission. Unlike the speaker, they were probably quite moved.

Konstantin Wiesinger
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Regional (Heeme)
Retrospective 2021
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Die Stürmer Dagobert Loewenberg, Peter Voigt
An outraged film pamphlet takes the West German coverage of the Six-Day War as an occasion to launch a sweeping verbal blow against the Bonn Republic.
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Die Stürmer

Die Stürmer
Dagobert Loewenberg, Peter Voigt
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1967
10 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Dagobert Loewenberg
Peter Voigt
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Dieter Frycia
Kurt Zander
Dagobert Loewenberg

“If you want to storm, you use stormer methods”, to quote a direct reference to the infamous anti-Semitic smear sheet of the Nazi era. Set to shrill trumpet sounds, this outraged film pamphlet dissects, or so it seems, the drastic jargon of the “West German monopoly press”, especially the publications of the Springer publishing house, in their coverage of the Six-Day War between Israel and the Arab coalition of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. At the same time, it uses the reviled style for its own argumentation. Under the auspices of the DEFA newsreel editors of “Der Augenzeuge” (The Eyewitness), a sweeping blow against the Bonn Republic arises from news images and superimposed newspaper articles.

Sylvia Görke
DEFA in Person: Kurt Tetzlaff 2020
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Erinnerung an eine Landschaft – Für Manuela Kurt Tetzlaff
An entire landscape south of Leipzig is transformed: personal histories are overturned, villages disappear – chalked up as pawns sacrificed for brown coal opencast mining.
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Erinnerung an eine Landschaft – Für Manuela

Erinnerung an eine Landschaft – Für Manuela
Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA in Person: Kurt Tetzlaff 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1983
84 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Karl Faber
Eberhard Geick
Kurt Tetzlaff
Joachim Niebelschütz
Manfred Porsche
Hartmut Haase
Gerhard Rosenfeld
Kurt Tetzlaff

A controversial filmic parable on the loss of homes and the destruction of nature in the name of industrial progress: Between 1979 and 1982, the village of Magdeborn, which was regarded as an obstacle to brown coal mining south of Leipzig, is demolished. The locals are resettled, mostly against their will, to Grünau, Schönefeld and Borna. Those portrayed in this cinematic requiem rarely mince words when they call themselves pawn sacrifices and bargaining chips for the economic needs of the state. Officially, Tetzlaff and his team were attested an unacceptable emotional closeness to the people.

Ralph Eue
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Regional (Heeme)
Natur in Bearbeitung
Small Worlds, Big People
Matinee Saxon State Archive 2021
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Es wächst das Gras nicht über alles F. Faust
A narrator explains surviving evidence of the events on the grounds of the Langenstein-Zwieberge subcamp. The film ends with a formulaic ritual of remembrance.
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Es wächst das Gras nicht über alles

Es wächst das Gras nicht über alles
F. Faust
Matinee Saxon State Archive 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1985
10 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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F. Faust
Technische Hochschule Magdeburg, Bezirkskabinett für Kulturarbeit Magdeburg
A. Faust
R. Muschke
F. Faust
J. Reinhardt

A male voice, accompanied by the eponymous instrumental piece by Reinhard Lakomy, comments on photographic and material evidence of the events on the grounds of the Langenstein-Zwieberge subcamp. The audiovisual tour concludes with a visit by an FDJ (Free German Youth) group who lay down wreaths at the memorial site built in 1949. The speaker unequivocally classes this ritual of remembrance as part of the raison d’état.

Konstantin Wiesinger
DEFA Matinee 2021
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Im Durchgang – Protokoll für das Gedächtnis Kurt Tetzlaff
Between March 1989 and March 1990, Kurt Tetzlaff follows the critical Potsdam high school graduate and pastor’s son Alexander Schulz through a time of personal and political upheaval.
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Im Durchgang – Protokoll für das Gedächtnis

Im Durchgang – Protokoll für das Gedächtnis
Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA Matinee 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1990
90 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Kurt Tetzlaff
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Kurt Tetzlaff
Monika Schäfer
Hans-Dieter Rutsch
Werner Bergmann
Jürgen Voigt
Achim Sommer
Rainer Pape
Lutz Laschet
Ernst-Dieter Falkenthal
Hartmut Haase

“Whoever has discovered a truth must also bear witness to it and make it known,” says the critical Potsdam high school graduate and pastor’s son Alexander Schulz at the start of the film and adds: “You must also endure the personal disadvantages.” Between March 1989 and March 1990, Kurt Tetzlaff follows the intelligent boy through a time of upheaval. At their graduation, Alexander and his class perform the play “Dictatorship of Conscience” by Mikhail Shatrov. He takes part in the demonstrations in autumn 1989 and refuses to serve in the army. Sequences from the GDR news demonstrate how far removed from the citizens the state leadership had become.

Philip Zengel
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Genius Loci 2020
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Leipzig – MITROPA [Ausschnitt] Herbert Kasinski
A portrait of the Mitropa restaurant at the Central Station. Lively music accompanies impressive figures: Every day, 800 trains carrying 250,000 passengers arrived at 32 platforms.
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Leipzig – MITROPA [Ausschnitt]

Leipzig – MITROPA [Ausschnitt]
Herbert Kasinski
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1969
5 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Herbert Kasinski
HK Produktion
Herbert Kasinski

The filmmaker Herbert Kasinski portrays the Mitropa restaurant at Leipzig Central Station which seems a little out of time. The figures quoted at the beginning of the film and the number of hungry and thirsty people extrapolated from them are still impressive today: Every day, 800 trains carrying 250,000 passengers arrived at Europe’s biggest terminal with its then 32 platforms.

Konstantin Wiesinger
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Regional (Heeme)
Retrospective 2021
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Memento Karlheinz Mund
Jewish cemeteries in Berlin commemorate people and all the places where they were exterminated. Anti-Semitic desecrations of the graves in East Berlin were to be erased, too.
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Memento

Memento
Karlheinz Mund
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1966
16 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Karlheinz Mund
Karlheinz Mund
Bodo Schulenburg
Christian Lehmann
Werner Kohlert
Inge Dochow
Rolf Rolke
Otto Koch
Hilmar Thate
Hans Hardt-Hardtloff

After studying at the German Academy of Film Art Potsdam-Babelsberg, Karlheinz Mund made this documentary tour of Jewish cemeteries in Berlin. The gravestones preserve the names of famous and unknown people. They preserve their places of death, where no distinction was made between the famous and the unknown: Auschwitz, Mauthausen. When the West German Short Film Festival invited Mund’s film, the committees in charge enforced one distinction after all: The images of graves defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti taken from the West German press were allowed to remain, footage of the same content filmed in East Berlin had to be removed for the theatrical release in the GDR.

Sylvia Görke
Matinee Saxon State Archive 2021
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Menschen, die man nie vergißt H. von Oettingen, H. Hütte
Invoking the revolutionary heritage of the German Peasants’ Wars of the 16th century, the SED reshapes society with the support of the Soviet Union.
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Menschen, die man nie vergißt

Menschen, die man nie vergißt
H. von Oettingen, H. Hütte
Matinee Saxon State Archive 2021
Documentary Film
GDR
1970
21 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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H. von Oettingen
H. Hütte
agra-Filmstudio
S. Zebisch
M. Seidel
D. Körner
H. von Oettingen
H. Hütte

What was unsuccessful 400 years earlier in the German Peasants’ Wars is achieved in 1945 by the unbreakable bond with the Soviet Union: Under adverse conditions, workers and peasants build a socialist state. In 1970, when this film was made, the SED (Socialist Unity Party of Germany) asserts its claim to leadership grounded in the past – it moves forward on the “Way from the I to the We”.

Konstantin Wiesinger
Genius Loci 2020
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Pioniere, Dampf gemacht! Renate Müller, Frank Schumann, Matthias Heyn
A lady, presumably from the FRG, on the Pioneers railway: Her astonishment at children who ask in all seriousness to see her ticket is humorously portrayed.
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Pioniere, Dampf gemacht!

Pioniere, Dampf gemacht!
Renate Müller, Frank Schumann, Matthias Heyn
Genius Loci 2020
Documentary Film
GDR
1963
5 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Renate Müller
Frank Schumann
Matthias Heyn
Pionierfilmstudio Iskra, Leipzig
Christian Dieckmann
Diethard Wommer
Renate Müller
Frank Schumann
Matthias Heyn
Christian Dieckmann
Renate Müller
Stephan Mücke
Karola Hoffmann

A lady, presumably from the FRG, takes an excursion on the narrow-gauge railway. Her astonishment at finding the line operated by Young Pioneers is evident. “It’s unbelievable” how she is asked for her ticket with childlike gravity. This film was produced at the active and extremely productive “Iskra” pioneer film studio at the 31st Secondary School in Leipzig-Probstheida.

Konstantin Wiesinger
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Regional (Heeme)