De hemel boven Dresden

Paul Cohen, Martijn van Haalen Short documentary - 2013 - 52 min.

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Conductor Hartmut Haenchen was almost two years old when on 13 February 1945 his native city of Dresden went up in flames among colossal allied bombings. Growing up amidst the ruins, he managed to develop his musical talent in the GDR, but the Stasi kept an eye on him. A political sin of youth pursued him and it was a close shave, but eventually he became an international, top-ranking conductor. More than thirty years later, Haenchen, living in the Netherlands since 1986, is allowed to read his Stasi files. This leads to astonishing discoveries.


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