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After winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Film for 'Counterfeiters', Stefan Ruzowitzky asks  in his film RADICAL EVIL  from 2014 why normal people become mass murderers. Why decent family fathers end up killing women, children and babies on a daily basis? The perpetrators are members of the Nazi death squads, who killed about 2 million Jewish civilians in Eastern Europe – by bullets, face to face.

"Monsters exist, but they are too few in numbers to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men." (Primo Levi).

The film is based on quotations from the perpetrators and features interviews with psychiatrists, historians and genocide experts as well as with Benjamin Ferencz, one of the chief prosecutors at the Nuremberg trials and still dapper and articulate at the age of 93. Its conclusion is very bleak – one reason the film has proved such a tough sale. Ruzowitzky suggests there was nothing unique about the Nazi killers – and that we might all have done the same in their place. 96 minutes

Panel discussion after the film with participation of

Sociologist Thomas Brudholm
Journalist Peter Wivel 
Moritz Schramm, lecturer in cultural studies
Psychologist Johannes Lang