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On The Move Is A Safe Place (Unterwegs als sicherer Ort)

On The Move Is A Safe Place

"Autumn 1996. We leave Cologne. Beginnings of a search for evidence. I have known Peter Finkelgruen for twenty years. I have followed his work as a journalist. He has seen my films. In 1992, he gave me the manuscript for his book The House of Germany to read. In it, he tells the story of his family who was driven out of Germany. He describes how his Jewish grandfather was murdered in 1942 in the Small Fortress of Theresienstadt, and he reports about his futile attempts to bring the murderer, the former SS man Anton Malloth before a court of law in Germany. It was only then that I understood what I had known for a long time: Peter Finkelgruen is a Jew in Germany. He has had all his experiences as a Jew. And preoccupation with the unatoned murder of his granfather was the beginning of his quest for his own origin. We are on the way to the most important stages in his life: Shanghai, Prague and Haifa." Dietrich Schubert


Dietrich Schubert was born in Goerlitz in 1940 and grew up in the Allgaeu and the Rhineland regions. He has been a freelance director since 1968 and has made over 50 films for cinema and television. Since the beginning of the 1970's, his films has focused on the Third Reich and West Germans' coming to terms with the recent past. His documentaries include Widerstand und Verfolgung in Koeln 1933-1945 (1976), Nachforschungen ueber die Edelweisspiraten (1980), Nieder mit den Deutschen (1984), Kriegsjahre in der Eifel (1989), Nicht verzeichnete Fluchtbewegungen oder Wie die Juden in der West-Eifel in die Freiheit kamen (1990), Nachkriegsjahre in der Eifel (1992), Verzeihen ja, vergessen nie (1994), Sonst erblindet die Seele (1994), Unterwegs als sicherer Ort (1997), and Not Wanted in Germany: Hermann Graebe (In Deutschland unerwünscht: Hermann Graebe, 2000). (2000) .
Category Documentary
Director Dietrich Schubert
Screenplay Katharina Marie Schubert, Dietrich Schubert
Cinematography Uwe Schaefer
Ingrid Terheggen
Wolfgang Hamm
Cast Peter Finkelgruen
Producers Katharina Marie Schubert, Dietrich Schubert
Production Company Dietrich Schubert Filmproduktion, Koeln
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
With backing from BMI

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