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…und wenn’s nur einer wär’…

AKA: Und wenn’s nur einer wär’

Country: Germany

Genre: Drama



Karli (Ralph Siewert) is sentenced to a juvenile detention camp after stealing a car. The camp is the responsibility of Jochen Denecke, who runs it along democratic lines as a 'Boys' Town', enabling the boys to learn responsibility through self-government. When Denecke hears in a bar the singer Bettina sing a song about the supposedly adventurous life of 'neglected' youth, he is angry, and invites her to visit his camp and find out what the boys' lives were like before they came there. She is deeply affected by her visit. But soon after, Denecke is deposed from his position, and his replacement, Albert Osterheld, is a pitiless disciplinarian, who puts barbed wire around the camp, has the boys doing hard labour, and punishes disobedience with deprivation of food. Some of the boys flee to Denecke, who is building a new camp outside the city. Meanwhile, Osterheld is unmasked as a former SS officer.


  • AKA "And If There Were Only One" and "Die Jungenbande vom Wannsee"
  • Produced by DEFA
  • Based on the novel "Verwahrlost" ("Neglected") by Sia di Scazziga
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  • Siegfried Dornbusch
    (Jochen Denecke)
  • Edelweiß Malchin
  • Axel Monjé
    (Albert Osterheld)
  • Ralph Siewert
  • Bruno Poltarschitzki
  • Günther Schulze

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