Music under the Swastika: The maestro and the cellist of Auschwitz

(Germany, 2022), directed by Christian Berger, 86 minutes

For the first time, the documentary tells the story of music in the “Third Reich” from an overall perspective. The focus is on the fates of Anita Lasker and Wilhelm Furtwängler. 

Anita Lasker survives as a cellist in Auschwitz, while 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 where German high culture and the hell of Auschwitz are closely linked to each other.