he Restless Conscience is a film documenting the resistance to Hitler
inside Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. It is a powerful and
provocative documentary feature that explores the motivations of
the anti-Nazi resisters whose actions also included numerous
attempts on Hitler's life.
The film is a deeply moving portrayal of individual destinies, charting
with dramatic power, passion and depth the development of the
Focusing on the moral and political evolution of the resisters,
The Restless Conscience examines issues raised by ethical and political
dissent in totalitarian regimes.
As it traces the origin and development of the domestic anti-Nazi
underground, The Restless Conscience highlights the conflict between
an individual's responsibility to a personal ethical code and to the national
political system. The film addresses a crucial issue: the mass
extermination of Jews by Nazi Germany's governmental instruments, and
the response of the German resisters.
The Restless Conscience is the story of human beings facing choices of
conscience and will. Their struggles – within their own ethical codes and
against the various manifestations of the Nazi State – provide a
microscopic cross section of German society in turmoil during the 30 and 40s.
The film was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the
Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the GIC NY, and the
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.