Luther the Reformer: Films from the GDR

Vortrag und Filmvorführung, Goethe-Institut Washington

Introduced by Anne Schenderlein, German Historical Institute.

Copyright by Luther
GDR, 1983, 17 min., Director: Lew Hohmann

The animated short film Copyright by Luther shows that the printing industry functions according to the conditions of supply and demand. The printing industry not only helped to spread reformist ideas, but also promoted a new "mass medium."

Bear Ye One Another's Burden... (Einer trage des anderen Last...)
GDR, 1988, 118 min., Director: Lothar Warneke

Two roommates in a private sanatorium in early-1950s East Germany are extremely different from one another. Josef is a communist policeman, while Hubertus is a Lutheran vicar. The film offers both suspense and comedy, as the two begrudgingly develop tolerance and respect for one another.

Anne Schenderlein is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. She holds a PhD in Modern German History from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently working on her first book on the topic of German-Jewish refugees in the United States and their relationship to Germany from 1933 to 1938.

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