Amen | 2003

Drama, Adaptation
About a German SS officer who joins a Vatican priest in a failed attempt to convince Pope Pius XII to speak out against the deportation and extermination of European Jews during WWII.

Cast

... Kurt Gerstein

Actor

... Riccardo Fontana

Actor

... The Doctor

Actor

... The Cardinal

Actor

... Count Graf Fontana

Actor

... The Pope

Actor

... Mr Gerstein--Kurt's Father

Actor

... Mrs Gerstein

Actor

... Grawitz

Actor

... Hoss

Actor

... von Rutta

Actor

... The Director

Actor

Company

KC Medien

Production Company

Katharina Productions

Production Company

Pathe Image

Production Company

Renn Productions

Production Company

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Production Company

Synopsis

Two systems: the Nazi machine versus the Vatican and Allied diplomacy. Two men are struggling from the inside: On one side, Kurt Gerstein, a real-life chemist and SS officer, supplies the death camps with zyklon B while he tirelessly denounces the crimes and alerts the Allies, the Pope, the Germans and their churches of their murderous policy against the European Jews. Kurt does this at his own risk, and at the risk his family's welfare and safety. On the other side, Ricardo Fontana, a young Jesuit, is a fictitious character who represents all the priests, who were determined to struggle against savagery; many of them paying for their courage with their lives. Countless priests, some known, others anonymous, were simply not content to live with the silence of their church's hierarchy vis-à-vis the Nazi machine.

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