“Naked Among Wolves”


Andrea Garcia"

Naked Among Wolves is a German drama film directed by Philipp Kadelbach. The movie is set in 1944-1945 towards the end of WWII at the Buchenwald Concentration camp. The movie is based off of Bruno Apitz’s novel. It is a story about a group of communist prisoners who smuggle a small Polish Jew into the concentration camp. They try to protect him from certain death by hiding him from the SS guards.

Although the movie is in German, it is very much worth  viewing because it demonstrates the beauty of humanity so well. Even though they were facing adversities and cruelty, the prisoners risked their lives trying to protect a child. The actions of the prisoners are the epitome of hope. They show that there is hope, and that even though they are facing one of the greatest atrocities in human history, they can still put someone else’s life ahead of their own. I liked how snitching or turning the child to the SS officers was never an option. I wish the movie was in English because sometimes the meaning is lost when it is translated, but overall it is an excellent movie that tells a compelling story in history.