Long Is the Road (film)

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Long Is the Road
Directed by
Produced byAbraham Weinstein
Written by
Music byLothar Brühne
International Film Organization
Release date
  • September 1, 1948 (1948-09-01) (Germany)
  • November 11, 1948 (1948-11-11) (US)
  • March 18, 1949 (1949-03-18) (Israel)
Running time
77 minutes
  • German
  • Polish
  • Yiddish

Long Is the Road (German: Lang ist der Weg) is a 1948 German drama film directed by Herbert B. Fredersdorf and Marek Goldstein and starring Israel Becker, Bettina Moissi and Berta Litwina. The story examines the Holocaust from the perspective of a Polish Jewish family and a young man who is able to escape while he is transported to a concentration camp. The film was made during the summer of 1947.[2] It was the first German-made film to directly portray the Holocaust (Morituri was released earlier but made later). It was made with the support of the US Army Information Control Division.

A major aim of the film was to lobby for Jewish survivors still living in Displaced Persons (DP) camps to be allowed to emigrate to the British Mandate of Palestine. It drew a comparison between the plight of the Jewish population and the sufferings of other Europeans who had ended up in DP camps. This was partly done through the principal character's romantic relationship with Dora, a Jewish holocaust survivor. The film employs a semi-documentary technique to tell its story. Many of its themes were similar to other German rubble films of the era, but it was notably different partly because of its advocacy of an optimistic, idealistic new world in Palestine. The film only ever went on a limited release, and by the time it received its German première, many inhabitants of the DP camps had been re-settled, with large numbers emigrating to the newly founded state of Israel.[3]



  1. ^ Y. M. Neiman (22 March 1949). "S'ratim" [Films]. Davar (in Hebrew). p. 4.
  2. ^ Shandley p. 101
  3. ^ Shandley p. 101


  • Shandley, Robert R. Rubble Films: German Cinema in the Shadow of the Third Reich. Temple University Press, 2001.

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