Actress Emma Thompson who stars in the forthcoming movie, Alone in Berlin alongside Brendan Gleeson, declares that the story of German resistance to the Nazis was not one she was told while growing up. "I was, in a sense, brainwashed," says the actress.
Based on the 1947 book of the same name by Hans Fallada, Alone in Berlin is based on the real-life story of a working-class German couple who led a brave campaign against the Nazis during the Second World War. Originally written in German, the book was reissued in 2009 and became a global best-seller.
The Vincent Perez-directed movie stars Irishman Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson as the fearless Otto and Anna Quangel. When their son loses his life in the war, the Quangels start writing postcards denouncing the Nazis which they distribute around Berlin. German star Daniel Bruhl plays the police detective who is charged with finding the parties behind this act of treason.
"I knew the book and I have been fascinated with the Second World War since I did Remains of the Day [in 1993], " Thompson told The Hollywood Reporter. "I have always been interested in what it was like for Germans living here while that terrible thing was rising up within their power structures. I’ve always thought that the Nazis invaded Germany as well as everywhere else, and that is not well understood."
She noted that she was born only 15 years after the end of the war in an `austere post-war London. "The effect of the Second World War is very much felt on our generation because of our parents, " she observed.
It’s inside all of us, " she said . . . "me and Brendan certainly. It’s fascinating and horrifying and it’s terribly, terribly important that we know that in this country there were people who were appalled and who tried to resist. This was not a story I was told while growing up. I was, in a sense, brainwashed. It never occurred to me to say anything but, "We have to do it."