Music under the Swastika – The Maestro and the Cellist of Auschwitz
A film by Christian Berger
For the first time, the documentary tells the story of classical music in the “Third Reich” from an overall perspective. The focus is on the fates of two protagonists: Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and Wilhelm Furtwängler. Anita Lasker-Wallfisch survives as a cellist in Auschwitz, while the famous conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler tries in vain to preserve his integrity and finally surrenders in a pact with the devil. The footage is high-resolution scanned, digitally restored and carefully colorized for the first time to make history tangible and bear witness to a dramatic time.