Zwischen Kanzel und Kanzleramt

TV-Documentary

Writer / Director: Heinrich Billstein
Camera: Tom Kaiser
Producer: Prof. Kurt Rittig, Rolf Wappenschmitt

Production year: 2010

In co-production with RossPointFilm. By order of the WDR

Joseph cardinal Frings, the legendary archbishop of cologne is a public figure whose life story gives a differentiated insight in the complicated and often fractured relation between the Germans, their state and the catholic religion especially during the World War II. The documentary follows Frings biography from a simple priest to a popular church dignitary and finally to a crafty and ambitious church politician. His carrier within the Catholic Church is marked by the church’s decisions and events before, during and after the National Socialisms.