We deeply mourn the loss of Ralf Schenk

The DEFA Film Library team is in mourning the loss of its long-time friend, advisor, supporter and collaborator, Ralf Schenk who passed away on August 17, 2022 at the age of 66, after a brief but grievous illness.


Ralf’s passion for the DEFA films crossed borders and he inspired audiences, researchers and film curators outside Germany. His outstanding film knowledge helped show that DEFA made important contributions to international film history in a wider historical context. 


Ralf’s name will always remain intertwined with the history of our DEFA Film Library. His support and commitment to our work was always highly valued. We will miss his humor, his curiosity, his enthusiasm and his warmth. We were lucky to have known Ralf.


Our sympathy goes out to his wife Anne and his family.


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