Knox plays a German soldier crippled during WW I. He returns to his home along the German-Polish border and resumes teaching school. Slowly he grows embittered with his life and becomes involved with hateful ideologies that eventually cause his fiancee (Hunt) to leave him. After sexually
assaulting one of his female students, Knox is banished from his village. He joins the Nazi party and soon rises to power. He returns home once more, this time as a Nazi commandant and creates a wave of terror in the village. This is an intelligent film that portrays the tribulations of German
life after the war, and suggests that those conditions led to WW II. Knox's performance i...