The Axe of Wandsbek is part of the DEFA Collection.
Germany 1934: the Nazis need a hangman to put a group of political prisoners to death. Teetjen, the town butcher, makes the biggest mistake of his life: facing bankruptcy, he agrees to do the dirty deed. Adapted from the novel by German-Jewish author Arnold Zweig, this important classic was directed by a former anti-Nazi resistance fighter.
Script by Wolfgang Staudte (The Murderers Are Among Us, Rotation, The Kaiser's Lackey).