Spur des Feuers

TV-Documentary – 52 min.

Writer / Director: Henry Köhler
Camera: Wolfgang Lindig
Commissioning Editor: Dr. Katja Wildermuth, Martin Hübner, Frank Egner

Production year: 2008
Broadcasted: October 29 2008 and November 17 2008

In co-production with RossPointFilm by order of MDR and Arte.

On April 2nd 1933 the main office for press and propaganda of “The German student body” decided to strike out “against the Jewish corruption” of the German society. The plan was to burn Jewish corrosive papers in public in all academic cities throughout Germany. In detail the demolition of the literary work of a whole generation of German authors was determined in a four-page procedure plan. But of course the victims of that act were not only the books but also their writers. Beyond the book burning the documentary follows exemplary some artists biographies – whose names have been released on radio on that day – and their fates during the regime of the National Socialism.