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Sister Courage – Anna Bertha Königsegg and her resistance against Nazi euthanasia

TV Docudrama, 1×52 mins, 2019
Director: Klaus T. Steindl

The Daughters of Charity nun Anna Bertha Königsegg is now largely forgotten, but during the Third Reich she was responsible for the care of hundreds of physically or mentally disabled inhabitants of the homes run by her order. These people were considered “superfluous” to the Reich, and after 1940 the National Socialists began systematically murdering them as part of the so-called “Aktion T4”. Almost 300,000 fell victim to industrial-scale killings using gas, poisonous injections and starvation. Nazis secretly collected disabled people from private care homes and hospitals in order to kill them in extermination facilities like the one located at Schloss Hartheim in Austria. When the Nazis came for the inhabitants of the homes run by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, Anna Bertha Königsegg stood up to the murderers, defending her wards and endangering her own life to save theirs.

The docu-drama focuses on a young journalist (Constanze Passin) who, in 1948, investigates a case of extraordinary courage shown by a nun (Maria Happel) during the Nazi era.

Credits

Director
Klaus T. Steindl

Writers
Klaus T. Steindl
Walter Anichhofer

Assistant Director
Alice Stengl

Camera
Thomas Beckmann

Editor
Robert Zapletal

Music
Jakob Cencig

Sound Recordist
Andreas Traint

Props & Wardrobe
Markus Kuscher

Make-up
Regina Tichy

Sound Design
Christofer Frank

Production Management
Andrea Minauf

Production Accountant
Judith Machat

Producer
Michael Cencig

Actors
Maria Happel, Constanze Passin

Category

TV-DOCUDRAMA