The Exiles

They Fled Hitler, They Found America

Summary: The dramatic story of the European political and intellectual refugees who escaped totalitarianism and immigrated to America before the outbreak of World War II. The personal stories of these writers, artists, musicians, and scholars, and their impact on American life and culture, are documented through archival materials, original interviews with surviving participants, and evocative reenactments. The Exiles is testimony to the enduring strength of the human spirit and man’s quest for artistic and intellectual freedom.

Featuring Joseph Albers, Hannah Arendt, Hans Bether, Bruno Bettleheim, Bertold Brecht, Ernest Dichter, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Max Ernst, Hanna Gray, Walter Gropius, Hans Jonas, Fritz Lang, Erich Leinsdorf, Jacques Lipchitz, Thomas Mann, Herbert Marcuse, Franco Modigliani, Robert Motherwell, Erwin Piscator, Hans Sahl, Arnold Schoenberg, Rod Steiger, Leo Strauss, Edward Teller, Kurt Weill, Billy Wilder, and Helen Wolff

Emmy award for Outstanding Historical and Cultural Programming
Special Jury Prize at the Golden Fleece International Film Festival
“The Exiles has an authenticity that makes most docudramas seem puerile by comparison”-Walter Goodman, New York Times
“A monumental achievement.”-Landers Film and Video Reviews

Key Credits: Major funding provided by The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation

Year/ TRT: 1989/ 116 minutes