Robert Koch (film)

Robert Koch (German title: Robert Koch, der Bekämpfer des Todes) is 1939 Nazi propaganda film directed by Hans Steinhoff and starring Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss and Viktoria von Ballasko.[1] The film was a biopic of the German pioneering microbiologist Robert Koch (1843-1910), who experimented on colonial African subjects. The film was made by the Terra Film company, and was also distributed in the United States by the largest German studio UFA.

Robert Koch
German promotional image
Directed byHans Steinhoff
Produced byGerhard Staab
Emil Jannings
Written byHellmuth Unger (novel)
Lotte Neumann
Gerhard Menzel
Walter Wassermann
Paul Josef Cremers
StarringEmil Jannings
Werner Krauss
Viktoria von Ballasko
Raimund Schelcher
Music byWolfgang Zeller
CinematographyFritz Arno Wagner
Edited byMartha Dübber
Distributed byTobis Film (Germany)
Release date
26 September 1939
Running time
113 minutes
CountryNazi Germany



  1. Reimer & Reimer p.189


  • Reimer, Robert C. & Reimer, Carol J. The A to Z of German Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2010.
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