Win tickets to Alone in Berlin

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Enter this competition to win tickets to a special event at the IWM in London to see a preview of Alone in Berlin followed by a panel discussion. We have three pairs of tickets to give away and each pair will also receive a copy of the book. Alone in Berlin Live from IWM London will be screening at cinemas nationwide on 26 June. To find your closest cinema and book tickets, find out more here

Written just after the end of the Second World War, Hans Fallada’s novel, Alone In Berlin, was described by Primo Levi as “the greatest book ever written about German resistance to the Nazis.”

The book tells the story of Otto and Anna Quangel, a working class couple living in a shabby apartment block in Berlin under Nazi rule and trying, like everyone else, to stay out of trouble. But when their only child is killed fighting at the front, their loss drives them to an extraordinary act of resistance. They start to drop anonymous postcards all over the city attacking Hitler and his regime.

It’s not long before their campaign comes to the attention of the Gestapo and a murderous game of cat-and-mouse begins. But the danger serves only to strengthen Otto and Anna’s sense of purpose and renew their love for each other. Slowly their drab lives are transformed as they unite in their quiet but profound rebellion.

Now, sixty years after its publication, the novel has been made into a film directed by acclaimed actor turned filmmaker Vincent Perez and starring two-time Academy® Award-winner Emma Thompson, three-time Golden Globe-nominee Brendan Gleeson and Golden Globe-nominee Daniel Brühl.

On June 26, audiences around the country will join together to watch a special preview of this extraordinary film at the IWM London and experience a private view of highlights from the museum’s World War Two collection. The screening will be followed by a panel event featuring a lively discussion exploring the realities of protest in Germany during the Second World War and how those same issues still resonate today.


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