Labyrinth of Lies

Synopsis: The year is 1958. The war has been over for thirteen years and the Federal Republic of Germany is not only recovering but even booming. But where are the Nazis? Who has ever heard of the death camps? It looks as if everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds in this land of milk and honey - At least, until the day journalist Thomas Gnielka reports on the recognition by a German-Jewish artist of a local schoolteacher, a former guard at the Auschwitz concentration camp - At least, until Johann Radmann, a young prosecutor, decides to investigate the case - Nobody knows it yet but this is the dawn of a new era. Even if the road to awareness will be long and rocky.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Giulio Ricciarelli
Production: Claussen Wöbke Putz Filmproduktion
  6 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min


There is no land more beautiful

at this time

then ours, so far and wide...


Do not worry.

Adenauer is doing that already.

He is the captain, isn't he?

I have two rascals in 6-B.

Had not seen anything like it,

totally wild.

And the parents do nothing.

Nowadays it's like that.

Hey sport!

Need a light?

-Thank you.

-No problem.


Your honor,

according to paragraph 2,

second section of the Constitution,

human life is the highest right

inalienable by excellence.

The office of the prosecutor is convinced

that the defendant acted

with premeditation and malice aforethought,

which are the conditions

to paragraph 211, murder.

The allegation of the defense

that he acted under duress

is not justified.

Therefore, the prosecution calls

the maximum penalty:

life imprisonment.

-Good afternoon, Radmann.

-Good afternoon.

How were your first few weeks?

Very exciting.

I only deal with traffic tickets.

We all passed through it.

In a year or two you

will get something decent.

That's great.

...women can work only

with consent from her husband.

And now, Vico Torriani.



Mr. prosecutor, what an entrance.

-I'm sorry.

-We've started without you.

The defendant, Marlene Wondrak,

acknowledges the fault,

but cannot pay

the fine of 50 D-Mark.

It's the car of my boss. I don't want her to

know and I only have 30.

-Mr. Radmann.

- Yes?

With your permission

we will reduce the fine to 25 D-Mark.

And a promise that she will use her little

head to concentrate on the traffic

if she cannot avoid driving.

Do you agree?


Excuse me?

The amount of the fine is fixed in the law.

We can make no exceptions.

But I don't have the money.

The law does not allow it.

You clause stallion!!!

Are you going to send me to jail for 3 days?

No, but...

Well, mr prosecutor,

what do we do now?

The fine is paid. Can I go now

or do I have to end up in jail?

Don't think that I am grateful.

You will get your money back.

As soon as I have it.

Unbearable man!

Damn, she's so spicy.

It is a disgrace,

it is a scandal, outrageous!

There is a killer loose

on the street.

Mr. Kirsch has recognized him.

We've been to 3 police stations

but they don't care.

Good morning, Mr. Gnielka.

Looking for a story for your newspaper?

I already have a story, prosecutor.

There is a killer on the loose,

he was a member of the Waffen-SS

in Auschwitz.

Now he teaches children.

Are you interested?

What a zealos man you are!

Let's go, Gnielka.

This is pointless.

Alois Schulz, Unterscharfhrer

in the Waffen-SS,

now teaches history in Goethe-Gymnasium.

Are you interested?


And what about you?

Get out!

Come on, Simon,

let's go before I vomit.

Throw this away, please.

The show is over, gentlemen.

Back to work now.

- Where is the Office of Education?

-In the Rmer.

I suspect something.

And I do not like it.

-The Club will win the league.

-If Egon stays in shape.

I have checked the record

of that Schulz, it's missing from 39 to 45.


The teacher, that the journalist mentioned.

Well, that's ambitious.

After 45 the Yankees

confiscated tons of files.

Denazification by the allies is a fact.

Gnielka is a unpatriotic mercenary.

Don't let him fool you.

Excuse me,

document center?

-Second floor.

-Thank you.

Sorry, but the center is not

open to everyone.

I am investigating someone.

Now he is a teacher. I need to know

what he was doing during the war.

He was a Nazi.

You were all Nazis.

In the Eastern sector,

now you are all communists.

Jesus, you Germans!

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