Heinrich Böll Platz
One of the most impressive documentary films in the history of German television languished in the archives of the WDR for decades: Günter Peter Straschek’s 1975 Filmemigration aus Nazideutschland [Film Emigration from Nazi Germany]. Now it stands at the center of an exhibition that situates Straschek’s work in the context of the revolutionary cinema of the 1960s and 1970s. This five-hour film offers a forum to many of the more than two thousand people from the film industry forced to flee the Nazis. The exhibition presents Straschek (1942–2009) as a man unreconciled, a filmmaker whose insistent gaze put a willfully forgotten past back on the agenda.