The Ninth Day

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The Ninth Day
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVolker Schlöndorff
Written byEberhard Görner
Andreas Pflüger
Produced byJürgen Haase
Wolfgang Plehn
Jean-Claude Schlim
StarringUlrich Matthes
August Diehl
Bibiana Beglau
Distributed byKino International
Release date
  • 11 November 2004 (2004-11-11) (Germany)
Running time
90 minutes
Czech Republic

The Ninth Day is a 2004 German historical drama film directed by Volker Schlöndorff and starring Ulrich Matthes and August Diehl.[1] It was released by Kino International.

The film is about a Catholic priest from Luxembourg who is imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp, but released for nine days. The story is based on a portion of Pfarrerblock 25487 (ISBN 2-87963-286-2), the diary of Father Jean Bernard (1907–1994), which was translated into English by Deborah Lucas Schneider as Priestblock 25487: A Memoir of Dachau (ISBN 978-0972598170).


Henri Kremer, a Catholic priest from Luxemburg, is imprisoned in Dachau. He experiences the horrors of the camps, including the crucifixion of some of his fellow prisoners, when one day he is given an unexpected leave of nine days. He returns to his native city, where the young SS officer Gebhardt tells him that he should convince his bishop to cooperate with the Nazis. Gebhardt, himself a former candidate for the priesthood, tries to convince the priest that the role of Judas is just what God wants from him. Kremer is confronted with a hard decision: Should he betray his Church or should he return to the concentration camp?


  1. ^ "The Ninth Day - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2 May 2023.

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