Roses Bloom on the Moorland (1952 film)

Roses Bloom on the Moorland (German: Rosen blühen auf dem Heidegrab) is a 1952 West German drama film directed by Hans H. König and starring Ruth Niehaus, Hermann Schomberg and Armin Dahlen.[1] It is also known in English by the alternative titles Rape on the Moor and Roses Bloom on the Grave in the Heather.

Roses Bloom on the Moorland
Directed byHans H. König
Produced byRichard König
Written byHans H. König
Music byWerner Bochmann
Edited byElisabeth Kleinert-Neumann
König Film
Distributed byPanorama-Film
Release date
25 December 1952
Running time
90 minutes
CountryWest Germany

The film's sets were designed by Max Mellin. The film was shot on moorlands in the vicinity of Bremen. It is notable amongst post-war heimatfilm for its gloomy, gothic atmosphere.


In a German village a peasant girl is pressured by her family to marry a wealthy farmer, although she is in love with her childhood sweetheart who has recently returned from the city. Her fiancée tries to rape her on the moorland, echoing a similar tragedy that took place on the same spot hundreds of years ago during the Thirty Years War when a Swedish soldier attacked a local woman.



  1. Hoffgen p. 138


  • Maggie Hoffgen. Studying German Cinema. Columbia University Press, 2009.
  • Alexandra Ludewig. Screening Nostalgia: 100 Years of German Heimat Film. Transcript, 2014.
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