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Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.169.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2505 | Film ID: 991

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    British enemy


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    Michael O'Brien, an Irish rebel leader from Dublin, is hanged in 1903 by the British for subversion and high treason. His eighteen-year-old son, also named Michael O'Brien, is sent to St. Edwards College -- a boarding school specifically aimed at making Irish children 'think English' by tight surveillance and ideological education. There, a fellow student collects information for his uncle at the British Secret Service. As a result, Patrick O'Connor unconsciously betrays Michael's widowed mother for harboring Irish freedom fighters even though he eventually joins the rebels' cause. On the last day of school Michael and other students burn the British flag and take up arms to support the 1921 Irish war of independence. Finally Patrick is shot and dies in the arms of Michael with the words: "Ich bin kein Verraeter!" [I'm not a traitor!].

    This feature film was part of a broader anti-British propaganda offensive in 1941 including "Ohm Krueger" ["Uncle Krueger"] and "Carl Peters" that depicted the war enemy Great Britain as a ruthless imperialist power enslaving defenseless peoples. In suppressing the freedom of the Irish by violence, famine, and police brutality, the British are characterized as gutless and inhumane 'Tommies' who constantly talk about the 'civilizing mission' of their Empire while practicing aristocratic nepotism and playing golf. Furthermore, the movie was meant to encourage the spirit of unconditional sacrifice for the broader national struggle and especially targeted the youth. The Staatsauftragsfilm [movie commissioned by the state] passed censorship on February 12, 1941 and premiered on February 17, 1941 decorated with the distinctions "staatspolitisch wertvoll" [state-politically valuable], kuenstlerisch wertvoll [artistically valuable] and "jugendwert" [of worth for the youth].
    Production:  1941
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv
    Director: Max W. Kimmich
    Script Contributor: Toni Huppertz
    Script Contributor: Max W. Kimmich
    Producer: Stella Tobis
    Producer: M.W. Kimmich Film
    Camera Operator: Richard Angst
    Music: Alois Melichar

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    00:22:44:00 to 00:32:23:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 991 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 991 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 991 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 991 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 991 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 991 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 991 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 991 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Federal Republic of Germany. Bundesarchiv.
    Conditions on Use
    Researchers who wish to use this footage should contact the Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv at to sign a release, or submit the online request form at:

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased the films from the Library of Congress in September 1996.
    Length of entire film: 99 minutes
    Other credits:
    Identified actors: Werner Hinz as the old Michael O'Brien, Will Quadflieg as the young Michael O'Brien, Claus Clausen as Patrick O'Connor, Paul Wegener as Secret Police head George Baverly, Eugen Kloepfer as janitor Duffy
    Additional actors: Heinz Ohlsen, Karl Dannemann, Friedrich Maurer, Karl John, Walter Werner, Siegfried Drost, Marg. Kupfer, Will Dohm, Franz Schafheitlin, Karl Haubenreisser, Karl Heinz Peters, Jack Trevor, Axel Monje, Ernst Wilhelm Borchert, Norbert Rohringer, Hans Quest, Peter Elsholtz, Odo Krohmann, Maria Krahn

    See Film and Video departmental files for additional documentation and a summary of the film. See Stories 2503-2512, Film ID 991 and 992 for entire film.
    Copied From
    35mm; b/w
    Film Source
    Library of Congress - Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division (MBRS)
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 2611
    Source Archive Number: FEA 7520
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:55:22
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