Death march in East prussia
 

Documentary Film HDV 16:9   Dolby Stereo   Year 2008
Language versions: English, German, Russian

Synopsis
Documentary about the death march of 7000 Jewish women through the province of East Prussia that ended  in a mass murder on the Amber Coast on Januar 31, 1945 - portraiting the  last survivor of the death march.

Background
The documentary film tells the fate of the victims the death march to the amber coast, most of them young Jewish women from Eastern Europe, who survived the selections in Auschwitz and were brought to the East Prussian subcamps of Stutthof concentration camp close to Königsberg. 
Amberland tells the story from the perspective of the women, whose experiences were recounted by the descriptions from survivors and contemporary witnesses in interviews and letters. On the basis of their memories the film tries to draw upon the historical events by using the present day original locations in Poland and Russia. 
The death march of the around 7,000 prisoners to the small village of Palmnicken on the amber coast, ends in the night of 31 January 1945. The prisoners are driven on to the frozen Baltic sea and shot on the ice. Maria is one of the few survivors. She loses both sisters on the death march and decides shortly before Palmnicken to escape from the convoy of prisoners. She hides herself with East Prussian farmers and experiences there the end of the war. The film shows today ninety year old Maria in her new homeland on the coast of Florida. The memory of these terrible events dominates her everyday life. 
East Prussia was the eastern province of Prussia and also of the German Reich. Located close to Königsberg, the Samland, and Palmnicken in particular, was and still is the world’s largest supplier of amber. The film approaches the historical places of the death march by the narrations of the present inhabitants of the amber village. The village Palmnicken today is called Jantarnyj and lies in the Kaliningrader area - a Russian province in the middle of Europe. 
The film is not only concerned with the historical view, it tries to connect present and past. What traces does one find at these historical places after over sixty years? There are no pictures in archives, the names of most victims are unknown and the traces of the German past at the amber coast are dissolving. At these historical places lives no one to pass on these memories. The death march to Palmnicken is a chapter of German and European history, which has been almost forgotten.