Hoegler's Mission

Der Auftrag Höglers (English-language title: Hoegler's Mission)[1] is a fantasy movie directed by Gustav von Wangenheim. It was released in 1950.

Der Auftrag Höglers
Directed byGustav von Wangenheim
Produced byKurt Hahne
Written byGustav von Wangenheim
StarringInge von Wangenheim
Music byErnst Hermann Meyer
CinematographyWalter Roßkopf
Edited byLena Neumann
Distributed byProgress Film
Release date
  • 27 January 1950 (1950-01-27)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryGerman Democratic Republic


Högler, the former director of a steel plant now in East Germany, is a rich and ruthless capitalist residing in West Germany. He wishes to lay his hands on the new technical innovations that were developed by Dr. Thelen, who now runs the factory after it has been nationalized. Högler tries to besmirch Thelen by organizing sabotage in the factory, threatening to kill innocent workers to destroy the scientist's reputation. Two trade union activists - the West German Maria and the East German Fritz - who know each other since they have both fought in the wartime anti-Fascist resistance, unite to thwart the capitalist's plans.



At 1949, after the foundation of both the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany and as the existence of a Cold War between East and West became ever clearer, the East German authorities instructed DEFA's filmmakers to focus on new subjects: rather than making purely anti-Fascist films, they were now to fan anti-Western sentiment in their works. Der Auftrag Höglers was the one of the first movies made under those demands. In addition, it was also the first East German film with a style conforming to Socialist Realism, that was also required by the cultural establishment.[2]


The German Film Lexicon defined the picture as "utterly lifeless, Cold War-influenced film... but interesting as a historical document."[3]

Dagmar Schittly wrote that the movie was a typical anti-Western work of the time, "a propaganda pamphlet against the West German saboteurs."[4] Carsten Gansel and Tanja Walenski noted that it also featured a call for class unity, by presenting the ability of East and West German trade union members to cooperate.[5]


  1. ^ Der Auftrag Höglers on DEFA Foundation.
  2. ^ Joachim-Felix Leonhard (editor). Medienwissenschaft: Ein Handbuch Zur Entwicklung Der Medien Und Kommunikationsform. Volume 15.2. Mouton De Gruyter (2002). ISBN 978-3-11-016326-1. Pages 1238–1239.
  3. ^ Der Auftrag Höglers. German Film Lexicon.
  4. ^ Dagmar Schittly. Zwischen Regie und Regime. Die Filmpolitik der SED im Spiegel der DEFA-Produktionen. ISBN 978-3-86153-262-0. Pages 57–58.
  5. ^ Carsten Gansel, Tanja Walenski. Erinnerung als Aufgabe? V&R (2008). ISBN 978-3-89971-406-7. Pages 246–247.

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