For the Rights of Mankind

For the Rights of Mankind

Um das Menschenrecht (Original Title)

"Armistice: November 11, 1918. World War 1 ends, but there is no peace in Germany. Proletarian revolution has erupted in Munich, and unemployed frontline soldiers volunteer as paramilitary Freikorps (Free Corps) groups to save the Fatherland from the Soviet-backed Red menace. The spirit of the German Frontkamaraden explodes across the screen as Hans Zöberlein's Um das Menschenrecht (For the Rights of Mankind) reignites the turbulent era of Munich's Soviet Republic and its reactionary, fiercely patriotic Freikorps foes.

Zöberlein was a right-wing fanatic, a decorated World War 1 veteran, a Freikorps member, an early Nazi Party member, an SA stormtrooper who had participated in Adolf Hitler's 1923 Munich Beer Hall Putsch, and a best-selling author. His first film, Stosstrupp 1917 (Shock Troop 1917, also available from International Historic Films) is one of the great World War 1 pictures, and Um das Menschenrecht, a direct sequel to it, is one of the most energetic of the Nazi propaganda films. Zöberlein wrote, produced, and directed both pictures for his own production company, Arya Film, whose name signified race consciousness. As Freikorps hero Hans Krafft puts it, ""Germany is in dire need of someone who would bring back discipline and order!"" Germany hadn't long to wait.

The Freikorps and the Reds used to be comrades in the front lines but are now engaged in a bloodbath of civil war. The superb Munich battle scenes are well staged-street by street, building by building-for Zöberlein had cast many actual Munich war veterans for these sequences. The Freikorps prevail, remaining true to their comrades who fell defending Germany in WW1.

Following its December 28, 1934 premiere, the film was shortened for general release."

Additional materials
Filmwelt-Jan6, 1935 Issue with English Translation

German Freikorps

Munich Communist Red Republic leaders- mostly Jewish

Hans Zoberlein

Admin comments

This excellent film gives a historical perspective on a the Juden Bolsheviks led insurrections that took place in Germany around the end of 1918 and the first half of 1919. These were the attempts to install a Soviet style republic in Germany. At the end of the film, the main protagonist gives a terrific speech talking about his vision of socialism. In accordance to his definition, most of today’s “progressives” and “democratic socialists” would be labeled as parasites, traitors, slackers, etc. “They commit a crime against the people by hindering others from contributing to the society”

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