July 7, 2019

Producer legend

He survived the Holocaust and built up a career as a film producer in Germany: Artur Brauner, who created films such as “The White Rose” and “Hitler Young Salomon”, died at the age of 100 years.

The film producer Artur Brauner died at the age of 100 years. That was confirmed to the SPIEGEL. A member of the family had also confirmed the death of the “Bild” newspaper with the words: “We are in deep sorrow.” Brauner did not survive a faint attack.

Artur “Atze” Brauner, born on 1 August 1918 in Lodz, Poland, as Abraham Brauner, was one of the most successful and prolific film creators in Germany. His greatest successes include contemporary dramas like The White Rose (1982) and Hitler Youth Salomon (1990). For the Italian fascist drama “The Garden of the Finzi Contini” by director Vittorio de Sica, Brauner received the Golden Bear at the Berlinale in 1970 and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1972. The topics of persecution of the Jews in Europe and the Third Reich as well as the study of the Holocaust repeatedly appear in the approximately 300 films produced by Brauner.

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As a young man, the son of a wood wholesaler traveled to the Middle East to shoot documentaries with a group of amateur filmmakers. During the Second World War, he studied in Lodz and escaped the ghettoization of local Jews by the German National Socialists after 1941, when he fled to the Soviet Union and submerged there. According to him, 49 of his relatives were murdered in the Holocaust. His parents and three of his four siblings managed to emigrate to Israel.

The biggest directors and stars

After the war, Brauner came to West Berlin and started a flourishing career as an entrepreneur and film producer. Brauner built his production company Central Cinema Compagnie from 1949 on the site of a former powder factory in Berlin’s Spandau district. The first film of the young company in 1950 was the comedy “Maharajah against the will”.

Entertainment films continue to substantiate Brauner’s success in the postwar decades: whether “The Uncle of America”, “The Rats”, “The half-strong” or “The good soldier Schweik” with Heinz Rühmann in the lead role: Brauner turned in every genre and gathered the greatest directors and stars for his productions, including OW Fischer, Romy Schneider and Hans Moser.

From the mid-sixties, Brauner was co-responsible for the success of box office hits like “It does not always have to be caviar” and an equally popular sequel, he also produced many of the then-coveted “Dr. Mabuse” films and some of the Karl May adaptations its Orient phase, which is still considered a classic, including “Old Shatterhand”, “The Scar” and “Through Wild Kurdistan”.

Brauner also made classic films available again and again. In 1967 he was awarded the “Golden Canvas” for his two-part Nibelungen film adaptation. In the course of his career, Brauner was twice honored with the German Film Award, in 1985 he was again nominated for an Oscar with “Bitter Harvest”, in 1991 he won a Golden Globe for “Hitler Young Salomon”. In 1993 he received the Federal Cross of Merit first class.