A HERO'S DEATH

The Tunnel and the Lie

It was the biggest escape in the history of the Berlin Wall: in one night of October 1964, 57 East-Berliners try their luck through a tunnel into West Berlin.  For months prior, escape agents had worked on digging out the tunnel – but it came to a tragic end. A documentary about the soldier Egon Schultz and a Cold War lie. 

Credits

Documentary, Germany 2001,
50 minutes
Writer / Director: Britta Wauer
DOP: Randa Chahoud
Editor: Berthold Baule
Creative Producer: Claudia Bissinger
TV Editors: Selina Riefenstahl, Dieter Zimmer
Producer: Tanja Ziegler, Ziegler Film
Broadcaster: ARTE/ZDF

Awards

2001 New Generation Grant Prize
German Television Prize
2001 Special Mention
Axel Springer Prize
2002 Nomination
Prix Italia
2002 Platinum Award
Worldfest Houston

DVD

This film was made for French-German television. There is no official DVD release. If you are interested in watching "A Hero’s Death", please write us an e-mail and ask for a screener. We have a version with English subtitles.

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