The rose garden

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German title The rose garden
Original title The Rose Garden
Country of production Germany ,
United States
original language English
Publishing year 1989
length 101 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Fons Rademakers
script Paul Hengge ,
Art Bernd
production Artur Brauner ( CCC ),
Cannon Group
music Egisto Macchi
camera Gernot Roll
cut Kees Lindhorst

Der Rosengarten (original title: The Rose Garden ) is a German-American feature film by Oscar winner Fons Rademakers from 1989. The screenplay was written by Paul Hengge and Artur Brauner (alias Art Bernd), based on the template by journalist Günther Schwarberg to the Bullenhuser Damm memorial . The film was produced by Artur Brauners CCC and the Cannon Group ( Menahem Golan + Yoram Globus ).


On the Frankfurt Airport an elderly man attacks another. One is taken to hospital, the other in custody. The attacker does not speak a word and has no papers with him. Only a forearm tattoo indicates a concentration camp past. Compulsory lawyer Gabriele Freund pulls out all the stops to determine the identity of your client. Only when she knows his motive will she be able to defend him. Finally everything comes to light: the man's name is Aaron Reichenbach and his victim is the former commandant of the Neuengamme concentration camp in Hamburg Arnold Krenn. With his attack, Aaron wanted to prevent Krenn from leaving for South America and bring the man and his story to justice. Because in 1945 Arnold Krenn had twenty children who had to be used for medical experiments in Neuengamme concentration camp murdered shortly before the British army marched in . He only sat briefly for this and, moreover, received compensation later on. Aaron Reichenbach has lost his two sisters, whom he suspects to be among the Nazi victims of Neuengamme. He wants to find out from Krenn the fate of his sisters Rachel and Ruth.

But the old SS man Krenn still has strong allies in Germany: in the judiciary and industry, which is still permeated by old Nazi henchmen, and also among the young right-wing radicals who brainlessly glorify the Third Reich. Gabriele's struggle for truth and - at least a little - justice demands everything from her. She even feels abandoned by loved ones, and threats affect not only her but also her young daughter. In the end there is a showdown in court and a surprise also for Aaron Reichenbach.


“A well-intentioned, but in many respects unsuccessful film, which does not deal with its tragic subject; in staging, character drawing and representation full of weaknesses. "


Actress Liv Ullmann was nominated for the Golden Globe Award in 1990 for her role . There were also two nominations for the German Film Prize in the categories of Best Fiction Film and Best Female Leading Role (Ullmann).

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  1. a b The rose garden. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed February 2, 2020 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used