Blum Affair

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Blum Affair
Directed by Erich Engel
Produced by Herbert Uhlich
Written by Robert A. Stemmle
Starring Hans Christian Blech
Cinematography Karl Plintzner
Release date
  • 3 December 1948 (1948-12-03)
Running time
109 minutes
Country East Germany
Language German

Blum Affair (German: Affaire Blum) is an East German drama film directed by Erich Engel. It was released in 1948. A German Jewish industrialist is tried for murder. It is based on a real 1926 case in Magdeburg.[1]



Bosley Crowther, critic for The New York Times, praised it as "a trenchant dramatic exposition of the way in which an innocent German Jew is almost destroyed by nascent Nazis—back in 1926."[2]

The film sold more than 4,330,000 tickets, making it one of DEFA's all-time most successful productions.[3]


  1. ^ "The Blum Affair (Affaire Blum): Synopsis". DEFA Film Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  2. ^ Bosley Crowther (October 18, 1949). "The Screen; German Drama at World". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ List of the 50 highest-grossing DEFA films.

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