Josef was born in Augsburg in 1953. His parents were both politically persecuted by the Nazi regime in prisons and concentration camps. Three family members were
Josef is a technician and application programmer by profession. Through his intensive theoretical and practical involvement with the medium of film, he was already a recognized filmmaker and photographer in 1980. For his first feature-length documentary film he was awarded the Otto Brenner Cultural Prize in 1985 in the Augsburg Congress Hall.
This was followed by socially critical documentaries and cinematic biographies of life. Also on the developments of right-wing extremism in Germany. His film "Anna ich hab Angst um dich" (Anna I'm afraid for you) (the Film) was the last feature-length documentary film to be shown in various European countries and to trigger many discussions. Josef has been a member of the "Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dokumentarfilm" in Germany and of the "Deutsche Journalistenunion" for many years.
In 1970 Josef was involved in the preservation of the Jewish cemeteries in Kaufering and the reappraisal of the history of the concentration camp subcamps in Kaufering. He was involved in the district youth committee of the DGB (Deutscher Gewerkschafts Bund) and worked on the board of the "Augsburger Stadtjugendring". Josef has participated in many contemporary witness projects and is still active today in youth and adult education. From the mid-1970s to 1985, he was instrumental in preserving the memories of 32 persecuted victims of the Nazi regime in the Swabia/Augsburg area. His discussions with survivors of the concentration camps and the resulting psychological consequences for the persecuted and their subsequent generations were particularly intensive. For more than 25 years he was active in the presidium of the Dachau camp community and most recently, together with Max Mannheimer, represented the succeeding generation of former German concentration camp prisoners in the "Comité Int. De Dachau". Memorial work and the transmission of these experiences from the past to the present are important concerns for him in order to make the current political situation easier to explain and experience.
With his films he wants to sensibilize people.
Josef Pröll is a certified lecturer at the Dachau concentration camp memorial site and a contact person for trade union educational work. He is:
-active in the executive committee of the "Förderverein für Int. Jugendbegegnung und Gedenkstättenarbeit e.V."
-ambassador of the “ Landratsamt Augsburg für den Landkreis Augsburg“
-ambassador of the action „Respekt“ of the IG Metall
-in the context of the federal program „Demokratie leben“ (Federal Ministry of Family Affairs) member of the Augsburg Monitoring Committee.
For many decades he has dedicated his work to the commemorative culture and youth work, initiated and organized projects and workshops for film work, and led excursions to the memorial sites of Dachau, Auschwitz and Buchenwald.
His intensive involvement with the Augsburg families Oberdorfer, Friedmann and Schnell as well as with the topic "Aryanization" in connection with the new film "Die Stille schreit"® were new and deeply moving for him.
Josef Pröll at his lecture in Frankfurt (Jan. 2019) during the conference "NIE WIEDER - ERINNERUNGSTAG IM DEUTSCHEN FUSSBALL" (Never Again - Remembrance Day in German Football). >>> https://www.niewieder.info/