IT HAPPENED AND TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE. VOLKHARD KNIGGE AND BUCHENWALD
Siegfried Ressel | Germany 2017 | 85 Min. | OmeU
What kind of societal relevance does a memorial place of a former concentration camp have 72 years after the end of the war? The historian Volkhard Knigge has been the director of the Buchenwald Memorial Foundation for the past 20 years. Time and again he reflects upon the meaning and significance of this place of remembrance. When it comes to the Holocaust, his stance goes against a pure frugalness of rehabilitating the sensitive topic but encourages a continuous attitude of discomposure to keep the memories of the crimes committed by the National Socialists alive - also under the proposition that history cannot be cured. The film is, together with Knigge’s reflections, an approach to Buchenwald’s scene of crime as we perceive it today, based on its emptiness, its aesthetics and its constructional fragments. The architect Karina Loos has described the buildings and facilities of the former concentration camp in terms of their functionality – these texts are read by Corinna Harfouch. An own cinematic level develops additionally, also due to her linguistic laconism which illustrates how Weimar’s Ettersberg, "an ordinary place, turned into something murderous" (V. Knigge).
Siegfried Ressel, born in Potsdam in 1958
1965 - 1975 Visit to the Educational Oberschule 11 Potsdam Babelsberg
1975 - 1978 Training as a specialist for communications technology
1978 - 1979 18 months of basic military service in the NVA
1979 - 1988 Programmer at the Meteorological Service of the GDR in Potsdam
1988 - 1990 Application for leave, relocation to West Berlin; Radio reporter at SFB's young radio broadcasting s-f-beat and other SFB radio broadcasts.
1990 - 2002 co-owner of the "Literaturladen Wist & Ressel" in Potsdam
Since 2002 food point in France; Film and television author; Magazine journalist
Since 2005 continuous film work as an author, chef and camera man.
Since 2009 associate of a + r film
Since 2010 besides the work on films various feature works for radio and TV contributions for the 3sat KulturZeit
- 34th KASSEL DOCUMENTARY AND VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kassel, Germany)
- North Carolina Film Award (Competition, North Carolina, USA)
- STEAM HOUSE ENTERTAINMENT INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Avenal, CA, USA)
- 3rd LANUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- 15th CROSSING EUROPE FILM FESTIVAL LINZ (Official Selection, Linz, Austria)