The Witness

Germany, shortly after World War II: As a prisoner of the concentration camps in Buchenwald, Lichtenburg, Esterwegen and Flössenburg, Carl Schrade experienced the atrocities of the Nazis at first hand. Now, the former jewelry dealer is to testify as a key witness for the prosecution before a war tribunal in order to put his tormentors behind bars. In the dock are SS men, NSDAP officials and Ilse Koch, the wife of the notorious concentration camp commander Karl Koch. The list of their inhuman crimes is long, the list of excuses and justifications almost longer. There is hardly any doubt about their guilt. But where from does Carl Schrade have this extensive knowledge of camp administration procedures and how did he survive in the camps for more than ten years?

The film is based on the memoirs of the actual Carl Schrade.


Bernd Michael Lade
Maria Simon
Esther Esche
Katrin Schwingel
Simone Hausdorf
Nr. 42
Thomas Schuch
Nr. 20
Jörg Seyer
Nr. 50
Christian Kuchenbuch
N3. 13
Oliver Breite
Nr. 19
Thomas Stecher
Nr. 37
Lutz Wessel
Nr. 17
Thomas Lehmann
Nr. 66
Dirk Wäger
Nr. 41
Lina Wendel
Dr. W
Torsten Spohn
Der Zeuge - Poster 1

The Witness

Bernd Michael Lade

  • Fiction
Production Country / Year
Germany 2021
de., en. OF ohne UT
DCP, Color, 93min
2.39:1, Discrete 5.1
Original Title
Der Zeuge

Director & Crew

Der Der Zeuge - Still 5

Bernd Michael Lade

Born in 1964 in Berlin. Studied at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art. Studied Directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Active as an actor, director, screenwriter and producer.


1995 RACHE, Spielfilm

2001 NULL UHR 12, Spielfilm  HOF 2001

2015 DAS GESTÄNDNIS, Spielfilm  HOF 2015

2022 DER ZEUGE, Spielfilm  HOF 2022

Fritzie Benesch
Director of Photography
Guntram Franke
Michael Kobs
Production Designer
Ulli Vetter
Costume Designer
Jörg Wiegleb
Sound Designer
Jörg Wiegleb
Music Composer
Michael Kobs
Stefanie Lewandowski
Executive Producer
Maria Simon
Maria Simon