Der Postmeister (1940)

The Stationmaster (1940)

Directed by: Gustav Ucicky
Written by: Gerhard Menzel
Produced by: Karl Hartl for Wien-Film GmbH
Music: Willy Schmidt-Gentner
Cinematography: Hans Schneeberger
Edited by: Rudolf Schaad


Heinrich George: The Stationmaster
Hilde Krahl: Dunja
Siegfried Breuer: captain Minskij
Hans Holt: ensign Mitja
Ruth Hellberg: Elisawetha
Margit Symo: Mascha
Frida Richard: Old woman in the train compartment
Alfred Neugebauer: landowner
Franz Pfaudler: servant Pjotr
Leo Peukert: Colonel
Erik Frey: Sergej
Reinhold Häussermann: tailor
Auguste Pünkösdy: Wirobowa
Oskar Wegrostek: servant of the captain
Hugo Gottschlich: valet of the captain
Anton Pointner: Cavalier on the Neva River Bridge
Karl Ehmann: old resident Sascha
Mimi Stelzer: Katja, cook of the captain
Edwin Jürgensen: secretary


When two Russian captains of cavalry came to a German post station one of them recalls what happened long time ago. He begins to tell the story: Ten years ago a comrade of them made a resting at the post station and fell in love with the station master’s daughter. He promised everything to her and finally convinced her to come with him to St. Petersburg. When both arrived there she had to realize that her captain never had the intention to marry her.

It was based on The Station Master, a short story from “The Belkin Tales” series by Alexander Pushkin.

At the Venice Film Festival, it won the Mussolini Cup for best foreign film.

Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt Suite

Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Performance: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Recording: September, 1971

I. No.1 Op.46

1. Morning Mood: 0:00
2. Aase’s Death: 4:00
3. Anitra’s Dance: 8:47
4. In the Hall of the Mountain King: 12:33


II. No.2 Op.55

1. The Abduction of the Bride – Ingrid’s Lament: 0:00
2. Arabian Dance: 4:56
3. Peer Gynt’s Homecoming: 9:37
4. Solveig’s Song: 12:21

Der Grosse König / The Great King (1942)

Directed by: Veit Harlan
Written by: Veit Harlan
Gerhard Menzel
Hans Rehberg
Cinematography: Bruno Mondi
Edited by: Friedrich Karl von Puttkamer
Release date: 3 March 1942
Running time: 118 minutes
Country: The Third German Reich
Language: German


Otto Gebühr: Frederick II
Kristina Söderbaum: Luise Treskow
Gustav Fröhlich: Treskow
Hans Nielsen: Niehoff
Paul Wegener: General Czernitscheff
Paul Henckels: Grenadier Spiller
Elisabeth Flickenschildt: Spiller’s Wife
Kurt Meisel: Alfons
Hilde Körber: Elisabeth
Claus Clausen: Prince Heinrich the Elder
Klaus Detlef Sierck: Prince Heinrich the Younger
Herbert Hübner: Count Finkenstein
Franz Schafheitlin: Colonel Bernburg
Otto F. Henning: General von Finken
Reginald Pasch: General Manteufel


Filmed at the height of National-Socialist Germany’s triumph, in late 1940 and early 1941, The Great King was Germany’s most ambitious film to date. Both Goebbels and Hitler were fascinated by Frederick the Great, and had frequently invoked him in their propaganda as a proto-National-Socialist hero, in terms calculated to enhance Hitler’s own prestige and authority. Amidst vividly realized battle scenes, Frederick is shown rallying his armies back from crushing defeat, leading Prussia’s way to brilliant triumph in the Seven Years War. His generals counsel capitulation, and his subjects succumb to despair. But Frederick soldiers on; his strength of will is Prussia’s safeguard and salvation. The film’s concluding montage underscores this message, showing an omniscient Frederick, his gigantic eyes looming over homeland and people, in an unmistakable reference to Germany’s own Führer. Yet what seems most striking about The Great King today are its frank depictions of popular war-weariness and complaint, served up by the everyday Prussians – miller’s daughters and foot soldiers – who foreground the film’s storyline. Otto Gebühr, who had long specialized in Frederick roles on screen and stage, plays the lead; director Harlan’s wife, the inimitable Kristina Söderbaum, the miller’s daughter. Directed by Veit Harlan; music by Hans-Otto Borgmann; featuring Otto Gebühr, Kristina Söderbaum, and Gustav Fröhlich.

Artwork Collection – National-Socialism and Reich

Richard Lindmar (geh. 1867) – Der Tag von Potsdam 21.3.33 (1937)
The Day of Potsdam 21.3.33 (1937)

Adolf Reich (1887-1963) – Die Wollsammnlung in einer Münchener Ortsgruppe (1942)
The Wool Collection in a Munich Local Group (1942)

Constantin Gerhardinger (1888 – 1970) – NS-Gemeinderatssitzung (1941)
NS council meeting (1941)

Hans Jakob Mann (1887-1963) – Die Heimat ruft (1941)
The Motherland is Calling (1941)

Paul Mathias Padua (1903-1981) – Der Führer spricht (1939)
The Führer Speaks (1939)

Josef Vietze (1902-1988) – Wintersachensammlung für die Ostfront in Prag (1942)
Winter Collection for The Eastern Front in Prague (1942)

Adolf Wissel (1894-1973) – Jungmädel (1941)
Young Girl (1941)

Ferdinand Staeger (1880-1976) – Die Werksoldaten
The Factory Soldiers

Rudolf Hermann Eisenmenger (1902 – 1994) – Heimkehr der Ostmark (1941)
Homecoming of Austria (1941)

Elk Eber (1892-1941) – Appell am 23. Februar 1933 (1937)
Appeal on February 23, 1933 (1937)