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The film depicts the first month of 1945 when the Russian Red Army broke into the eastern part of Germany and forced millions of civilians to flee in the coldest of winter. While the Russians invaded Ostpreussen hundred of thousands of civilians were evacuated by ships. Gotenhafen was the last open port and ships left the town almost by the minute, overloaded by refugees. One of the last ships to leave Gotenhafen was the 'Wilhelm Gustloff', a former 'Kraft durch Freude' pleasure cruiser designed for 1000 passengers. Until today it is unknown how many people were on board but it is said to be around 10.000. The ship sunk without a trace and only a handful of people survived this hellish nightmare.

  1. Frank Wisbar

    Director, Writer

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  1. Sonja Ziemann

    Sonja Ziemann

    Maria Reiser

  2. Gunnar Möller

    Gunnar Möller

    Kurt Reiser

  3. Erik Schumann

    Erik Schumann

    Hans Schott

  4. Brigitte Horney

    Brigitte Horney

    Generalin von Reuss

  5. Mady Rahl

    Mady Rahl

    Edith Marquardt

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Darkness Fell On Gotenhafen
Darkness Fell On Gotenhafen


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Original Title Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen

Status Released

Release Information

  • January 1, 1959


Original Language German

Runtime 1h 39m

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