The Man in the Attic

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In the last months of World War II, a Jewish man is found, half-starved and barely conscious in the woods near a small town in the north of Germany. For the German couple who finds him, taking this man in is highly dangerous, but they decide to hide him in their attic, thus saving him from discovery by the Nazi authorities. The man is a jeweler and watchmaker, and so he is expected to pay his way by repairing clocks and watches, which becomes a profitable income for the couple. When the war ends with Nazi Germany’s surrender in May 1945, the only way to avoid what was then a general starvation in Germany, was for the Jew to keep paying rent, so they don’t tell him the war is over. Based on a little-known, true story.
Format: Historical docu-drama
Cast Size: 2M/2F
Running time: 90 minutes

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Original or Prominent Production: The Man in the Attic had its first US production at Out North Theater Company, Anchorage, Alaska, in April 2009.
Original Source Material: Based on a true story
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Original Language: English

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