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Powerful and provocative, Academy Award nominee THE RESTLESS CONSCIENCE explores the motivating principals and activities of the anti-Nazi resistance inside Germany from 1933 to 1945. The film is a deeply moving portrayal of individual destinies, focusing on the moral and political evolution of individuals whose consciences were at odds with an overpowering national consensus.
Hava Kohav Beller's THE RESTLESS CONSCIENCE highlights the tension between individual responsibility to a personal ethical code, and to a tyrannical political system. In telling their story, the film recognizes those who, despite the mortal danger to themselves and their families, and being branded traitors at home, had the courage to uphold essential human values.
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triumph of the human spirit even when it would seem that evil has prevailed entirely.
Though the idea of a German resistance during this time has seemed suspicious to historians and even casual readers of history alike, Beller sets to rest any uncertainty about the existence of the men and women who would risk their lives to put an end to Adolf Hitler's reign of terror.
Trade union leader Julius Leber (who courageously defended the rights of Jewish citizens in a German court in 1933, and was promptly executed for doing so) international lawyer Count Helmuth James von Moltke (who at the risk of his own life travelled outside of Germany to convince the British that mass extermination was taking place), civil servant Adam von Trott zu Solz (who exclaimed in a German street "The maniac is going to do what he wrote in the book!"), Leipzig mayor Dr. Carl Goerdeler (who saved 1600 Jews and was also killed), pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer (who, on a national radio broadcast in Germany condemned Hitler and became involved in the attempt on his life), and finally Colonel Claus Graf Von Stauffenberg, at long last placed a briefcase bomb next to Hitler.
Though I suppose the blame still lies chiefly on the Germans of that time, this documentary also reveals that if either Churchhill or Chamberlain had listened to Moltke or Goerdeler's direct communications regarding the genocide going on and the active resistance, Hitler probably would have died far earlier than 1945. The British seemed to have to been particularly obtuse when help was needed most.Read more ›
to gain insight into the rarely mentioned german resistance movement.
Contains authentic interviews with participants and/or close relatives
of those who took part.
Well worth viewing from a historical point of view, this film also
provokes discussion about the world 60 years later
People who have never lived under a dictatorship as ruthlessly efficient as the Nazis can never know the kind of courage it would take to stand-up to such a regime, despite the infinitesimal chance that their efforts would result in the fall of the Nazis or death of Hitler. Given that the Nazis killed or imprisoned many of their opponents shortly after their takeover and the Gestapo was constantly on the lookout for dissenters afterwards, resistance to the Nazis involved such people risking everything they had, including their lives and the lives of their families.
Due to the film Valkyrie, most people are aware of the attempted assassination on July 20, 1944 and the film Swing Kids brought attention to the early resistance to the Nazis by young people active in Germany's 1930s jazz subculture. But these films were made mostly by casting Hollywood stars to lure people into theaters and featuring soundtracks to entertain us with music.
The Restless Conscience is a documentary and offered nothing more than the information most people did not possess before seeing it.Read more ›
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This is a stunning production. It will leave you speechless and heartbroken! I am a Bonhoeffer scholar, and the content was excellent. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rick
an excellent survey of German resistance to Hitler with gripping interviews of important witnesses, now mostly deadPublished 11 months ago by Karl H Schoeps
I recently watched this deeply-insightful documentary film called "The Restless Conscience" focusing on the story of the numerous attempts within Germany by people of conscience to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Book & Music thief, from HI
This should be required viewing for all university students, who should see some very disturbing parallels in America today. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lois C. Fleming
This film should be required viewing in all history classes. Hava Beller does an outstanding job of walking us through the efforts to assassinate Hitler. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ted
This is a documentary about the Germans who were in the resistance opposing Hitler and the Socialist government. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mary
If you watch documentaries of Germany during WWII you get the impression that everyone in Germany was in love with the Nazis. Read morePublished 21 months ago by RJColorado