In hall 1001 the " Juristische Fakultät der Universität Augsburg" showed our film on 28.03.19. The discussion and the following reception in a smaller circle showed us once again how lasting the
film content affects the audience. Questions that concern us today are then in the foreground and connect the contemporary history in retrospect. Especially for lawyers this is an interesting
Prof. Christoph Becker wrote us his thoughts
to the documentary " Die Stille schreit":
"The documentary film "Die Stille schreit" created by Josef Pröll and Miriam Friedmann moves through its reality. What he shows is not a play, but the reality of people's hatred of people. The story tells us unimaginable numbers of victims of the tyranny of National Socialism that arose in the middle of Europe in the 20th century. The events can only be experienced by those born after the events by tracking down the fates of individual victims.
The documentary film shows how the Augsburg entrepreneur families Friedmann and Oberdorfer were forced out of their existence. First they were robbed of their material foundations, then many family members lost their lives. Everything took place in a fictitious legality of legislation and ordinances, administrative regulations and obedient execution with multiple beneficiaries.
The mechanical coldness of this transmission consisted of contempt for humanity, indifference, and greed. The documentation calls for constant vigilance of conscience and self-responsible questioning of sovereign rules which are always susceptible to abuse and their implementation in terms of compatibility with human dignity, freedom and equality.
"The film has resurrected a very personal and concrete picture of your Augsburg ancestors and people of Jewish ancestry, who were first astonished in disbelief and later hopelessly lost by the mercilessness of the events, led into ruin, flight and later into oblivion. The past and present, with their places, people and behaviour, become blurred in contemplation time and again; time becomes permeable and perceptible. Daily visited places gain life. As a result, the theme loses its abstractness and enables an extraordinarily intensive and touching direct approach. They have put the film into action as a reflection of a common past of today's descendants; it allows the thoughts of the viewer to flow and allows plenty of space for one's own reflection. The silence has come alive; it emphatically reminds us to be mindful of one another and of our basic values. For this I would like to thank Miriam Friedmann, her husband, Mr. Pröll, and all those who worked with her. [Ulrich Derlien, RA/StB]"
(Ulrich Derlien is, among others, a member of the board of the Juristische Gesellschaft Augsburg e.V. | Anm. d. Red.)