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Axe of Wandsbek, The: DEFA Collection

A film by Falk Harnack

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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).

What the Critics are Saying

"A rediscovered treasure!" - Anne Nelson, author of Red Orchestra

"Top grade." - Variety


Read That Was the Wild East: Film Culture, Unification, and the "New" Germany by Leonie Naughton

Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:

  • Short Film on Falk Harnack
  • Essay on Arnold Zweig
  • Biographies & Filmographies

Format: DVD
Release Year: 1951
Running Time: 111 minutes
Color: B&W
Language: German w/English subtitles