I Was Nineteen

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I Was Nineteen
Directed byKonrad Wolf
Produced byHerbert Ehler
Written byWolfgang Kohlhaase, Konrad Wolf
StarringJaecki Schwarz
Vasily Livanov
Alexey Eybozhenko
Dieter Mann
CinematographyWerner Bergmann
Edited byEvelyn Carow
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
115 minutes
CountryGerman Democratic Republic
Budget2,077,000 East German Mark[1]

I Was Nineteen (German: Ich war neunzehn) is a DEFA production that tells the story of a young German, Gregor Hecker (Jaecki Schwarz), who fled the Nazis with his parents to Moscow and now, in early 1945, returns to Germany as a lieutenant in the Red Army. The film depicts the personal experiences of the director Konrad Wolf and of his friend Vladimir Gall in fictionalized form and deals with themes of the meaning of "homeland".

During its original run, it sold 3,317,966 tickets.[2]



  1. ^ Bernhard Chiari. Krieg und Militär im Film des 20. Jahrhunderts. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag (2003). ISBN 9783486567168. p. 482.
  2. ^ List of the 50 highest-grossing DEFA films.

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