this is simply one of the all time best films I've ever seen. Whilst not being able to add much that has been said by other people here, this film shows you the strength of the human spirit over the absurd and often cruel forces of history. Even if it were not a true story, it would be an extremely good film but being aware all along that it is a true story, makes the pathos and the humour all the more personal. The cruelties of history - and especially of this period of history -so often just shows the horror of the effects on peoples - it is so rare to see a story where the human spirit has been maintained in the very worst grip of cruelty. I can have nothing but praise for this film -with the acting of the main charter by Marco Hofschneider - being superb - but also the story of one individual who was able to maintain their spirit (and sanity!) whilst being thrown into sureal situations by fate into the very heart of the very worst forms of evil - and surviving!