The Gleiwitz Case

1961, GDR, 70m, 35mm

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Screened June 4–7, 2023

Part of the program

A meticulous, and chilling recreation of the fake late-night attack by “Poland” on a radio station in Gleiwitz, a German town on August 31, 1939. The SS fabricated the event by executing German prisoners after having “dressed” them as the invading Polish militia. This phony “affair” gave Hitler the excuse to invade Poland the next day.

In German with English subtitles

Print is from the DEFA Film Library


A film by Gerhard Klein