The Countess from East Prussia – the life of Marion Dönhoff

Documentary, 45 and 90 minutes
Written and directed by Ingo Helm

Marion gräfin Dönhoff is one of the most remarkable German women of the 20th century. As a member of the German high nobility, grown up at the East Prussian castle Friedrichstein near Königsberg, the young lady early got in contact with the resistance against Adolf Hitler. At the beginning of 1945, she escaped on the back of her horse on a distance of 1.200 km in a westward direction. Her writing ability, a clear political attitude, a bright analytical mind, but also coincidences played a part until she became the leading German female publicist, editor-in-chief and co-publisher of ZEIT as well as bestselling author. A woman with influence.
On the occasion of her 100th birthday, the documentary reconstructs her extraordinary life and shows surprising relations  between her upbringing and her “second life” after war. Apart from Marion Dönhoff,more than twenty contemporary witnesses remember and comment on the eventful life, among them friends and companions like Helmut Schmidt, Richard von Weizsäcker, Henry Kissinger, Egon Bahr, Theo Sommer, Ralf Dahrendorf, Klaus Harpprecht and Alice Schwarzer.

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