After the Truth

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After the Truth
After the truth promotional poster.jpg
Directed by Roland Suso Richter
Produced by Martin Heldmann
Werner Koenig
Edward R. Pressman
Written by Johannes W. Betz
Christopher Riley
Kathleen Riley
Starring Kai Wiesinger
Götz George
Karoline Eichhorn
Music by Harald Kloser
Thomas Wander
Distributed by Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation
Release date
September 23, 1999
United States:
October 28, 2001
Running time
125 minutes
Country Germany
Language German

After the Truth (German: Nichts als die Wahrheit) is a 1999 German film depicting the fictional trial of Dr. Josef Mengele, known as the "death angel of Auschwitz". The film, starring Götz George as Mengele and Kai Wiesinger as his lawyer, is based on the original English-language screenplay by American writers Christopher and Kathleen Riley. The German title translates to "Nothing but the truth". The German phrase on the US promotional poster translates to "Thou shalt not kill", one of the Ten Commandments.


The infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who performed unethical medical experiments and is considered to be personally responsible for the selection of mass groups of detainees to be murdered in the gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp, comes back from his hideout in Argentina as an 87-year-old man who is in his last days. Back in Germany, he must face trial for his crimes. Peter Rohm, a young solicitor and expert on Mengele, has to defend him. But Rohm feels unable to do so; when he decides to take on the case he endangers not only the relationship to his wife but also their very lives.

While the entire world looks on the Mengele trial, Rohm learns that the history of his own family has a closer connection with the Nazis' genocide than he ever had suspected.


Götz George was also a co-producer of the film, which had problems finding financial support. The actor invested heavily to see the film completed.


Further reading[edit]

  • Johannes W. Betz, Beate Veldtrup: Nichts als die Wahrheit Fischer October 2001, (ISBN 3-596-14492-2)

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