Alone in BerlinWhen their son dies in France, the couple start writing postcards to urge people to protest against Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. Principal photography began on 27 March in Berlin. Their growing resistance to the regime is also strengthened by the fate of an old Jewish woman living in their building. Although the official deportation of Jews to death camps had not yet started, Jews have no recourse to any legal protection. Ruthless Nazis — and "non-ideological" common criminals — use the opportunity to loot the old woman's apartment with impunity. Despite the efforts of the Quangels and other kind neighbors to help her, the persecution ends with the old woman jumping to her death from a high floor window.
Kev Sheridan - Alone in Berlin [MAEVE13]
Every Man Dies Alone [Alone in Berlin]
At the age of 18 Fallada had narrowly escaped a murder prosecution following the death of a friend in a failed suicide pact, and this led to the first of many incarcerations in psychiatric institutions. Towards the end of his life he was again prosecuted for making drunken threats with a gun against Anna Issel, from whom he had recently been divorced. In any society Fallada would have struggled, but he had the supreme misfortune to be born at a time when writers who wanted to avoid the attentions of the Gestapo could choose between compromise, silence or exile. Fallada's choices led at one point to his arrest by the Nazi militia, and at another to close contact with Goebbels. His writing career was unstable and full of paradoxes, just as his life was lived in intimacy with humiliation and terror. The extraordinary texture of Alone in Berlin comes from the way in which everything is observed and represented as if "from below", from within this dynamic of humiliation and terror, and yet the representation is sharp, exact, ironic, devastating.
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It is based on the true story of a working class husband and wife who, acting alone, became part of the German Resistance. Otto and Elise Hampel , a working class couple in Berlin, were not interested in politics, but after Elise Hampel learned that her son  had fallen in France, she and her husband began committing acts of civil disobedience. They began writing leaflets on postcards , urging people to resist and overthrow the Nazis. They wrote hundreds of them, leaving them in apartment stairwells and dropping them into mailboxes. Though they knew the law made this a capital crime , they continued this work for well over a year until they were betrayed and arrested. Fallada was given the Hampels' Gestapo files by Johannes Becher , a poet,  novelist and friend of Fallada's, who returned from exile after the war and became president of the cultural organization established by the Soviet military administration in the Soviet sector. He also had an ear for the simple speech of the common worker.