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Volksbühne in Berlin. © Britzka Film
Berlin - A Square, A Murder and A Famous Communist

Berlin - A Square, A Murder and A Famous Communist

documentary, D 2005, 52 minutes
Britzka Film

A square in the heart of Berlin, where gangsters, communists, Nazis, prostitutes and Jews once shared the same pavement. This place may appear unassuming – yet its streets have been walked by some of German history's most infamous characters and hold the secrets of the country's past. 

A Hero's Death, Funeral © Britzka Film
A Hero's Death

A Hero's Death

The tunnel and the lie

documentary, D 2001, 50 minutes
Ziegler Film

It was the biggest escape in the history of the Berlin Wall: in one night of October 1964, 57 East-Berliners try their luck through a tunnel into West Berlin.  For months prior, escape agents had worked on digging out the tunnel – but it came to a tragic end. A documentary about the soldier Egon Schultz and a Cold War lie.

In Heaven, Underground

In Heaven, Underground

The Weissensee Jewish cemetery

documentary, D 2011, 90 minutes
Britzka Film

Tucked away in the north of Berlin, surrounded by walls and hidden beneath a primeval forest of trees, rhododendrons and ivy - this is the Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, the largest in Europe that is still used for burials.  Despite a turbulent past, both the cemetery and its archives have remained completely intact – a paradise for gatherers of stories.

Gerda´s Silence © Britzka Film
Gerda's Silence

Gerda's Silence

based on a book by Knut Elstermann

documentary, D 2008, 90 minutes
Zeitsprung Entertainment

It began with a broken taboo: when six-year-old Knut dares to ask his visiting "auntie Gerda" about her child, the whole room falls silent – this is Gerda's most private secret. Young Knut bows his head in shame and confusion; he would never forget this Sunday afternoon.

Justice Now! © Britzka Film
Justice Now!

Justice Now!

Ideas for a better world

documentary, D 2006, 45 minutes
Saarländischer Rundfunk

One is born rich, the other dies early. One wins the lottery, the other hits a stroke of fate. From an early age, we all experience a world that is unjust and wrong. But how do we deal with it?