Murderers Among Us

  • 1946
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This was one of the first films released from post-war Germany that dealt with the questions of responsibility and psychological guilt as a result of the Nazi atrocities. Borchert is a doctor driven to drink by the thought of his role in the concentration camps. He witnessed several mass executions by his captain (Paulsen) while stationed in Poland. Paulsen...read more

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This was one of the first films released from post-war Germany that dealt with the questions of responsibility and psychological guilt as a result of the Nazi atrocities. Borchert is a doctor driven to drink by the thought of his role in the concentration camps. He witnessed several mass

executions by his captain (Paulsen) while stationed in Poland. Paulsen is now retired, living a contented life as a family man. But Borchert believes the man must be punished for his crimes and attempts to have him killed. Neff, Borchert's girlfriend, convinces him that the only way to achieve

justice is through a proper trial, and Paulsen is at last turned over to the authorities investigating Nazi crimes. The film is important for its subject matter and release date. The German people were still in the early stages of recovery from Hitler's Reich, and the issues of guilt were

especially sensitive. MURDERERS AMONG US does not quite achieve everything it sets out to do, with too slow a pace and an over-emphasis on the romance between Borchert and Neff. On the other hand it raises some interesting questions, deliberately left unanswered within the framework of the film,

and employs some interesting technique. The final moments with Paulsen shouting "I am not guilty! I am not guilty!" imposed over a kaleidoscopic montage of war atrocities have a particularly haunting and unsettling feeling. The film was shot in the Russian sector of post-war Germany, just as the

Cold War was beginning to heat up. (In German, English subtitles)

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