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None Shall Escape (1944)

aka None Shall Escape

"NAZIS! QUISLINGS! WOMEN KILLERS! FIRST COMPLETE STORY OF THE TRIAL OF THE NAZI WAR CRIMINALS! "

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Details: 85 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Marja Pacierkowski
Small Wilhelm Grimm
Small Father Warecki
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Crew:

No_movie_poster Lee Garmes Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Ernst Toch Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Lester Cole Writer
Small André De Toth Director
No_movie_poster Samuel Bischoff Producer
No_movie_poster Joseph Than Story
No_movie_poster Alfred Neumann Story
No_movie_poster Alfred Neumann Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Joseph Than Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Charles Nelson Editing

Taglines:

"NAZIS! QUISLINGS! WOMEN KILLERS! FIRST COMPLETE STORY OF THE TRIAL OF THE NAZI WAR CRIMINALS! "

Plot:

In the trial, it is revealed that Grimm (Alexander Knox), who fought for Germany in World War I and lost a leg in battle, returns after the war to the small German village (now in newly-independent Poland) where he had been a teacher. Despite the recent hostilities, he is welcomed back into the community and resumes his teaching. He also resumes his relationship with Paeierkowski, a local Polish girl to whom he had become engaged before the war.

He is bitter about Germany losing the war and it is obvious he has been changed by the experience. He treats the villagers with disdain, and his upcoming marriage is cancelled. Taunted by the school's pupils, he rapes one of them, who subsequently kills herself. After a trial fails to convict him, he returns to Germany after borrowing money from the priest, joins the Nazi Party, and rises through the ranks of the party.

When the Nazis come to power, he even sends his brother Karl to a concentration camp and gets his brother's son into the Hitler Youth. When World War II starts, Grimm becomes the commander of the occupying force of the same village where he had previously lived. He treats the villagers brutally, including Father Ezekiel and his former fiancée. His nephew eventually turns against Grimm's brutality and renounces his Nazi allegiance, with tragic results.