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Source: Charite – Universitatsmedizin BerlinNew episodes about the time of the construction of the WallNina Kunzendorf, Philipp Hochmair, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Nina Gummich. Photo: ARD / Stanislav Honzik The six new episodes of the historic Charité series take place in the days of the building of the Wall: On the night of August 13, 1961, the Charité becomes the immediate border area – the buildings are walled up on the water side. The third season in the Charité microcosm addresses another historical phase of upheaval in which people are not only challenged medically, but also have to show a political, moral and personal stance. The fictional main character is the young doctor Ella Wendt (Nina Gummich), who is ordered to the Charité due to the departure of numerous doctors and nurses. She hopes to advance her research on cancer early detection at the Charité on the basis of certain blood group characteristics and is looking for contact with Prof. Dr. Otto Prokop (Philipp Hochmair), who enjoys an outstanding reputation as a serologist. Prokop’s actual field of work, however, is forensic medicine. His autopsies help to clarify criminal cases, and soon the first “wall dead” will be on his table. Another historical figure is the pediatrician Dr. Ingeborg Rapoport (Nina Kunzendorf), who, as a specialist in infant medicine, is developing a visionary approach to lowering infant mortality. This is how she repeatedly criticizes the conservatively thinking gynecologist Prof. Dr. Helmut Kraatz (Uwe Ochsenknecht). ARD will show the six episodes of the television series from January 12, 2021 on Tuesdays in double episodes at 8:15 p.m. From January 5th the complete season will be available in the media library. Following the broadcast of the first two episodes, ARD will show the accompanying documentary “The Charité – A Hospital in the Cold War”, a film by Dagmar Wittmers. Christine Hartmann was directed based on the scripts by Stefan Dähnert, Regine Bielefeldt and John-Hendrik Karsten , based on a concept by Sabine Thor-Wiedemann, Christine Otto and Jakob Hein. The serial makers were supported by Charité experts Prof. Dr. Thomas Schnalke, Director of the Berlin Medical History Museum at the Charité, Dr. Sven Hartwig, Head of Forensic Toxicology, Dr. Rainer Herrn from the Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine, and Prof. Dr. Michael Tsokos, Head of the Institute for Forensic Medicine, assisted and ensured that the content was consistent and the story was as authentic as possible.

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Contact Markus Heggen, Press Spokesperson, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin: +49 30 450 570 400

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