Artur Brauner, German producer of more than 300 films, including several great successes dedicated to the memory of the Shoah, as Europa, Europa, died Sunday in Berlin at the age of 100 years.
"Germany is losing one of its most important film producers in the post-war period," State Secretary for Culture Monika Grütters said in a statement.
"Seeing that a persecuted Polish Jew emigrates after the war into the country of the murderers of his family, to produce films and to participate in the democratic reconstruction of Germany, is a great gift for our country," he said. she says.
Born on August 1, 1918 in Lodz, this son of a lumber merchant had survived the extermination of the Jews of Poland by taking refuge with his family in the Soviet Union.
Fritz Lang and Winnetou
Artur Brauner had emigrated to Berlin after the war and founded the film production company CCC in the American sector of the city. Another part of his family has emigrated to Israel.
A great admirer of Fritz Lang, he has produced in over 70 years, more than 300 films, including several successful ones, such as the German western series on the American Indian hero Winnetou.
These very profitable productions allowed him to finance films on the history of the Holocaust, the obsession of a lifetime for this survivor and a theme that arrived only late on the German screens.
Among the films that have marked the public and criticism: Europa, Europa about a Jewish orphan who finds himself in the heart of the Nazi elite (1990) or The White Rose (1982) on the network of German resistance fighters.
In 1972, the film he co-produced The Gardens of Finzi-Contini, about Italian Jewish youth at the dawn of the Second World War and percussion, had received the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.