The Doctors' War

The 22-year old medical student Elling Kvamme was arrested and sent to German concentration camps in WWII. Not for punishment or annihilation, but as part of a Nazi experiment to create a brainwashed Aryan intellectual elite.

In the documentary The Doctors' War, the director Elsa Kvamme invites her father on a historical journey in an attempt to understand his war experiences and how these indirectly influenced his and her family's life.

It was only after the fall of the Berlin wall and the reappearance of "new historians" that he reopened the diary he wrote in KZ Buchenwald. Having been imprisoned as a young "aryan" medical student, what did he experience there? And how was it for him to go back to a normal life, knowing that recognized medical teachers had also been promoters of the racial theories which inspired the nazi project?

Winner of The Golden Chair for best documentary at the 2011 Norwegian Short Film Festival.



Release Date: 2011-06-19
Type: Documentary
Length: 52 min


Director: Elsa Kvamme
Screenplay: Elsa Kvamme
DoP: Nils Petter Lotherington
Editor: Are Syvertsen, Erland Edenholm
Sound Designer: Bernt Syvertsen
Produsent: Alert Film