One of Us

(Einer von uns)

GDR, 1959, 90 min, B&W
In German; no subtitles
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Synopsis

Working-class athlete Richard Bertram (Günther Simon) is a talented wrestler whose political beliefs get him into trouble. When his club is dissolved by the Nazis, Richard continues to wrestle in a middle-class club, using his position to support the resistance movement.

 

When Bertram refuses to give the Nazi salute at the German championships, he is blocked from completing. When he is reinstated for the Olympics because he has a chance of winning a medal, he tries to use this opportunity to spread information abroad about Nazi crimes.

Commentary

The character of Richard Bertram is loosely based on the famous wrestler Werner Seelenbinder, to whom the film is also dedicated. Seelenbinder participated in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and was condemned to death in 1944 for his involvement in the communist resistance.

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