The Axe of Wandsbek

Original title: (Das Beil von Wandsbek)
GDR, 1951, 111 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

Hamburg, Germany 1934: An executioner is needed. Teetjen (Erwin Geschonneck) makes the biggest mistake of his life. Because his butcher shop is facing bankruptcy, he agrees to execute a group of political prisoners for the Nazis. Once this becomes known, Teetjen’s life falls apart.

Special features:
  • Biographies & Filmographies
  • Falk Harnack: A Stubborn German Conscience, filmed interview with Anne Nelson, 2009
  • “Käthe Braun on Falk Harnack,” interview by Ralf Schenk
  • “The Axe Affair,” essay by Deborah Vietor-Englände
  • "Postscript: A Letter to Author Arnold Zweig"

The Axe of Wandsbek

Screening Rights: 
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