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This powerful, award-winning German film tells the story of one of the greatest challenges the legal system has ever faced. Dr. Josef Mengele, the infamous Angel of Death in Auschwitz, and one of the most wanted Nazi war criminals, turns himself in after 30 years in hiding to tell his truth to the world. Thus ensues a battle between conscience and evil...

After the Truth presents us with Mengeles hypothetical trial, which forces us to review his guilt, especially in the context of the wider attitudes towards the dignity of human life in German society. The responsibility of our sense of right and wrong is mirrored in the film by attorney Peter Rohm, whose idealistic belief in the legal system conflicts heavily with his emotional resistance to defending such a monster. The viewer is presented with Josef Mengele the man, flesh and blood, and must hear him out as he quite emotionally yet rationally states the reasons for his work, and his supposed mercy that he imposed on his patients. At the very least the viewer must consider the man, monster or not, and his motives.
German with English and Spanish subtitles.

Winner of the 2000 Brussells International Film Festival for Best Actor (Gotz George)
Winner of the 2000 Aubagne International Film Festival for Best Director and Jury Prize
Winner of the 2000 Valenciennes International Film Festival for Jury Prize

SPECIAL FEATURES: 16 page booklet by Christopher and Kathleen Riley, the screenwriters of After the Truth, and directors of the Act One writing program DVD audio commentary track by screenwriters Christopher and Kathleen Riley.

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Utterly engrossing, provocative and impeccably acted.
Detroit Free Press

Courageous and smart. High octane.
Rolling Stone

A gripping and often surprising moving slice of entertainment.
Variety

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Utterly engrossing, provocative and impeccably acted. --Detroit Free Press

Courageous and smart. High octane. --Rolling Stone

A gripping and often surprising moving slice of entertainment. --Variety

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Product Details

  • Actors: Goetz George and Kai Wiesinger
  • Directors: Roland Susso Richter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Ignatius Press
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EPKKUU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Holocaust continues to haunt the world with the unbelievable evil and atrocities that occurred. This is the 'what if' story of Dr. Josef Mengele, the Auschwitz 'Angel of Death'. What if Mengele had turned himself in and was tried for his crimes. Who would defend him? Attorney Peter Rohm (Wiesinger), who grew up in Mengele's home town and is fascinated (obsessed?) with his story must decide whether to accept that challenge. He has wanted to write a book about Mengele but has been holding off because he can't understand why someone who was a former neighbor could be responsible for the deaths of some 400,000 individuals. He wanted to title the book 'One of Us'. In addition to believing everyone is entitled to legal representation, he wants to find out the truth so he accepts. What follows is a sobering and fascinating look at the mind of Mengele as he stands trial. First, we learn he was not alone. In 1920 the book 'The Permission to Destroy Life Not Worth Living' was published and set the course for German medicine for the next 25 years. This is part thriller, part courtroom drama, part moral question. Was Mengele a psychopathic monster or just your neighbor gone wrong? In his closing argument Rohm says, 'The road to Auschwitz isn't so long, as long as you take it one step at a time.' As the end of the film is fading out, Mengele looks directly at the camera and asks, 'Do you see at least a bit of yourself in me?' Don't answer too quickly. A powerful film about evil that still haunts us today. Very highly recommend. WWW.LUSREVIEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM
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We know that Dr. Mengele died years ago, but this movie does an excellent job of making us face him as if he were still alive today and on trial for crimes against humanity. It is an interesting examination of how human beings treat each other... how we would try such a criminal in a court of law and how he "treated" people during World War II (and beyond). Especially moving is how former "patients" or co-workers come forward to testify against Mengele. The movie surfaces many interesting moral points that provide important lessons for us today. Note that the movie is in German with English subtitles and is presented with German actors/actresses. Very interesting, especially for those interested in history, justice, and morality.
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When I had finished watching this film I felt - to my surprise - shocked. Gotz George did a brilliant job of portraying Mengele and is thoroughly believable as Mengele. Here we see an evil man arguing calmly and intelligently that he has done no wrong. We even see witnesses - medical men - telling the court that they have been practising euthanasia. Peter Rohm, Mengele's defending lawyer, shows how easy it is for a medical man to move, step by step, from being a healer to being a criminal.

Some years ago (probably about twenty years ago so that I don't remember all the details) I was was having a discussion at work with a Czech friend of mine and I mentioned Mengele. My friend said that some years before he had been discussing Mengele with some medical men and that they had told him that Mengele was a bad example to choose as an example of a really evil man. They explained that many of the things Mengele had done were things that medical men might do or would like to do if given the chance.

Some years ago I remember hearing of a baby being bred for spare parts for its sibling. I was outraged that a surgeon in the USA had been allowed to take a chunk out of the new arrival's arm to be inserted into its sibling's arm. What right has anybody got to take chunks out of another human being without informed consent? Moreover, if you read the book "Doctors from Hell: The Horrific Account of Nazi Experiments on Humans by Vivien Spitz (1 Jan 2005) you see that some of the Nazi doctors were executed for doing things that were the same as or close to some things being done currently by some US surgeons.
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After the Truth is a very good German movie it is a great work of fiction. The story is about one of Nazi Germany's worst criminals, Josef Mengele decides to turn himself in after 30 years on the run. A young rising German Lawyer is taken hostage and flown to Argentina where he meets Mangele. First the Lawyer and the German Authorities have their doubts that this man really is Mangele, but after DNA testing and to Mengele's careful explanations, the Authorities agree it is Josef Mengele. Mengele is put on trial in very high security and the young Lawyer is assigned to defend him - with great reluctance!. The Actor who played Mengele in this movie, Gotz George personally financed a lot of this movie to help it became a reality. It is a very good movie and well worth seeing. The young Lawyer is played by Kai Wiesinger who has stared in other Great German mini - series productions such as Dresden and the Ship of No Return ( The Gustloff).
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