A German Life

”I was one of the cowards, just another obedient human being”. These are the words of Brunhilde Pomsel, aged 105, who used to work as a typist for the Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Her speech leads the simplified, black-and-white portrayal in A German Life.

Pomsel’s story is a constant struggle between personal guilt on the one hand, and outsourcing of the guilt on the other. She claims to have been unaware of the reality of the concentration camps until the end of the war and believes to be just as guilty as the rest of the German people.

The directors of the film, Christian Krönes and Florian Weigensamer, stated to the Deutsche Welle magazine in July, that Pomsel represents millions of blind followers, who enabled the Nazi tyranny. Partly because of this reason, the directors wanted the style of the documentary to be as timeless as possible. On the other hand, the directors also highlighted how up to date the topic is, quite justifiably. Support for far-right parties is on the rise across Europe and in the whole world.

Matti Ylönen / Translation: Ulrika Sundelin

Language: German
Subtitles: English


  • Director: Christian Krönes, Olaf S. Müller, Roland Schrotthofer, Florian Weigensamer
  • Country: Austria
  • Year: 2016
  • Length: 113 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Frank van Vught
  • Editing: Christian Kermer
  • Audio: Micha Müller, Franziska Pallaske,
  • Production: Blackbox Film & Medienproduktion Gmbh


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