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Half a Million Public Enemies

Soon after the end of World War II, when the Cold War had started, the West German Government planned the building of a new army. This project caused huge protests among the war tired population. The government reacted quickly: Within a few weeks a political criminal law, constructed after the example of the Nazi law, was invented. All citizens, who were against the rearmament or for the reunification of West and East Germany, could be persecuted now as public enemies. The Communist Party of Germany and other opposition organizations were forbidden. About 500,000 men, women and children were affected by political persecution, which often was carried out by police men, public prosecutors and judges, who had been trained during the Nazi time. About 10,000 men and women were punished with imprisonment, partly for a very long time. Finally, the whole political movement was smashed down by this persecution, which is unprecedented in western democracies.

  • Daniel Burkholz
  • Daniel Burkholz
  • Daniel Burkholz
  • Daniel Burkholz
  • Ruzbeh Sadeghi
  • Lilli C. Thalgott
  • Sybille Fezer
    Creative Producer
  • Jan-Malte Enning
  • Jan-Malte Enning
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    Documentary, Feature
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    53 minutes 55 seconds
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    July 7, 2013
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  • Roadside Dokumentarfilm
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Daniel Burkholz

Daniel Burkholz is an award winning filmmaker. He first worked as journalist for newspaper and radio, as editor of a scientific magazine and also as photographer. Later, he worked in the fields of environment protection, education, human and civil rights. After an intermezzo as divemaster, he studied the culture of the Sinai nomads, the nomads of the Great Thar desert, and the Aborigine's culture in Queensland. In 2005, he founded his company "Roadside Dokumentarfilm - Courageous Docs". The Roadside docs have already been officialy selected for more than 70 festivals around the world...

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My work is my way to take a standpoint.