The Degenhardts

The Degenhardts (German: Die Degenhardts) is a 1944 German drama film directed by Werner Klingler and starring Heinrich George, Ernst Schröder and Gunnar Möller. Karl Degenhardt, the patriarch of a family in Lübeck, leads his wife and five children through the opening stages of Second World War culminating in the Bombing of Lübeck on 28 March 1942 by the Royal Air Force.

The Degenhardts
Directed byWerner Klingler
Produced byHeinrich George
Written by
Music byHerbert Windt
CinematographyGeorg Bruckbauer
Edited byElla Ensink
Distributed byDeutsche Filmvertriebs
Release date
6 July 1944
Running time
93 minutes

The film was part of a cycle of home front films produced in Germany during the war. The film was intended to fan anti-British sentiment and prepare Germans psychologically for the destruction of their cities by Allied bombing raids and invasions.[1] It premiered in Lübeck on 6 July 1944.



  1. O'Brien p. 145


  • O'Brien, Mary-Elizabeth. Nazi Cinema as Enchantment. The Politics of Entertainment in the Third Reich. Camden House, 2006.
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