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Ernst Thälmann - Führer seiner Klasse (1955)

140 min | Biography, Drama, History

The second part of the Ernst Thaelmann films encompasses the time period between 1930 and Thaelmann's murder in 1944. It shows Thaelmann's battle to achieve a united front with all German workers against the National Socialists, his arrest...See moreThe second part of the Ernst Thaelmann films encompasses the time period between 1930 and Thaelmann's murder in 1944. It shows Thaelmann's battle to achieve a united front with all German workers against the National Socialists, his arrest following Hitler's seizure of power and the eleven years of his incarceration, in which he unwaveringly clings to his beliefs until his death. An attempt to free him on the part of his comrades ends disastrously, and a corrupt offer of freedom from Goering himself receives Thaelmann's refusal. He must also witness how his brave fellow socialist Aenne Jansen in the women's prison across from his tragically loses her life during a bombing raid. The second primary character of the film is Aenne's husband Fiete Jansen, who already proved his loyalty to Thaelmann's side as a friend and fighter in the first part. As the commander of the Thaelmann Batallion, he fights in Spain on the side of the people and later in the ranks of the Red Army toward a speedy end to the war against fascism. Written by DEFA Film Library See less
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Willi Bredel (screenplay) | Michael Tschesno-Hell (screenplay)
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Updated Oct 7, 1955

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Oct 7, 1955 (East Germany)

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Günther Simon
Ernst Thälmann Ernst Thälmann   See fewer
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Hans-Peter Minetti
Fiete Jansen Fiete Jansen   See fewer
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Karla Runkehl
Änne Jansen Änne Jansen   See fewer
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Paul R. Henker
Robert Dirhagen Robert Dirhagen   See fewer
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Hans Wehrl
Wilhelm Pieck Wilhelm Pieck   See fewer
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Karl Brenk
Walter Ulbricht Walter Ulbricht   See fewer
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Gerd Wehr
Wilhelm Florin Wilhelm Florin   See fewer
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Walter Martin
Hermann Matern Hermann Matern   See fewer
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Theo Shall
Marcel Cachin Marcel Cachin   See fewer
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Georges Stanescu
Georgi Dimitroff Georgi Dimitroff   See fewer
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Nikolay Kryuchkov
Sowjetischer Panzeroberst (as Nikolai Krjutschkow) Sowjetischer Panzeroberst (as Nikolai Krjutschkow)   See fewer
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Carla Hoffmann
Rosa Thälmann Rosa Thälmann   See fewer
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Angela Brunner
Irma Thälmann Irma Thälmann   See fewer
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Erich Franz
Arthur Vierbreiter Arthur Vierbreiter   See fewer
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Erika Dunkelmann
Martha Vierbreiter Martha Vierbreiter   See fewer
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Raimund Schelcher
Krischan Daik Krischan Daik   See fewer
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Herbert Richter
Kruczinski Kruczinski   See fewer
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Wilhelm Koch-Hooge
Hauptmann Schröder Hauptmann Schröder   See fewer
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Kurt Dunkelmann
1. Wachtmeister 1. Wachtmeister   See fewer
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Otto Krone
2. Wachtmeister 2. Wachtmeister   See fewer
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Fritz Diez
Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler   See fewer
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Kurt Wetzel
Hermann Göring Hermann Göring   See fewer
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Hans Stuhrmann
Propagandaminister Goebbels Propagandaminister Goebbels   See fewer
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Erich Brauer
Severing Severing   See fewer
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Hans Schäffer
Krüger Krüger   See fewer
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Walter Jupé
Diebold Diebold   See fewer
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Werner Peters
Quadde Quadde   See fewer
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Hans-Peter Thielen
Hartrein Hartrein   See fewer
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Werner Pledath
Hauck, sen. Hauck, sen.   See fewer
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Hannes Fischer
Hauck, jun. Hauck, jun.   See fewer
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Paul Paulsen
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Frithjof Ruede
General General   See fewer
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Harry Riebauer
Leutnant Meyer Leutnant Meyer   See fewer
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Heinz Kögel
SS-Mann SS-Mann   See fewer
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Walter Niklaus
SS-Mann SS-Mann   See fewer
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Jean Brahn
Kohlenhändler Kohlenhändler   See fewer
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Fred Delmare
Soldat Soldat   See fewer
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Horst Kube
Kommandant Kommandant   See fewer
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Fred Mahr
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Werner Senftleben
Jonny Scheer Jonny Scheer   See fewer
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Steffie Spira
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Friedrich Teitge
Gestapo-Beamter Gestapo-Beamter   See fewer
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Will van Deeg
Heinrich Himmler Heinrich Himmler   See fewer
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Egon Vogel
Soldat Soldat   See fewer
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Karl-Heinz Weiss
Thorez (as Karl-Heinz Weiß) Thorez (as Karl-Heinz Weiß)   See fewer
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Gerry Wolff
Delegierter aus dem Saargebiet Delegierter aus dem Saargebiet   See fewer
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7 / 10 | 76 votes