A Man Can Make a Difference - A Man Can Make a Difference

Original title A Man Can Make a Difference
Country of production Germany
original language Deutsch
Publishing year 2015
Long 94 minutes
Age rating FSK 12[1]
Director Ullabritt Horn
script Ullabritt Horn (concept)
production Ullabritt Horn
music Stefano Giannotti
Camera Hans Batz,
Günther Wittmann
cut Robert Schumann

A Man Can Make a Difference is a German documentary directed by Ullabritt Horn . The film portrays the American lawyer Benjamin Ferencz , who in 1947, at the age of 27, was appointed chief prosecutor of the Nuremberg Einsatzgruppen Trial . The film premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam . The theatrical release in Germany and Austria was shortly thereafter on November 12, 2015. [2]


Benjamin Ferencz (center) in the Einsatzgruppen trial (1947/48)
Ferencz 2012 in the conference room of the Nuremberg Trials at that time

Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving chief prosecutor of the Nuremberg war crimes trials (1945–1949), remembers the negotiations against those responsible for the Nazi crimes in what was then the courtroom. Ferencz was posted as a US soldier to secure documents and evidence after the concentration camps were liberated. He eventually became chief prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen trial against former SS members.

As a child of Romanian-Jewish immigrants, Ferencz was fortunate enough to be able to go to Harvard because of his good performance , even though his family in New York lived in dire poverty. Against this background he stood up for the weakest throughout his life with a focus on the prosecution of war crimes. He also initiated the reparation payments for Jewish concentration camp victims and the establishment of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Ullabritt Horn travels back to the scene of the trials with Ferencz and brings the events to life with the help of recordings and current interviews.


The film service noted that the “successful” portrait uses “an unexcited compilation” of “interview and archive material as well as current appearances of the sprightly eloquent Ferencz” to show how an “individual intervenes decisively in world events based on his own experience with displacement and poverty could". Ferencz likes himself "in his role as the accuser of world history, but always remains sympathetic on the ground because he does not forget the post-traumatic consequences of this cruel time for himself". [3]



Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Approval certificate for A Man Can Make a Difference . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , July 2015 (PDF; test number: 153 026 K).
  2. Release Info. Internet Movie Database , accessed April 11, 2016 .
  3. Kathrin Häger: A Man can make a difference. Filmdienst, 23/2015, abgerufen am 11. April 2016.
  4. A Man Can Make a Difference. German Film and Media Rating (FBW) , accessed on May 12, 2016 .