Miracle Healer or Charlatan?
Year: 2011
Run-Time: 1 x 51 min.

Directed by Helmut Manninger

Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (VOICE-OVER)
Format: 16:9

Miracle Healer or Charlatan?

Wunderheiler oder Scharlatan?

What if the greatest healer of all time were to return? A possible answer to this question is provided by the case of Bruno Groening. Germany 1949: «There is nothing that is incurable. God is the greatest physician!» This was the bold claim of the son of a simple bricklayer from Gdansk. He was neither a doctor nor a healer, and had undertaken no course of study, and yet every day thousands of people came to him. «It's beyond belief! He heals the lame, the blind and the deaf!» read the headline in the Suedeutsche Sonntagspost newspaper. Elsewhere people spoke of the «Bavarian Lourdes». Even the newsreels reported on it. Practically overnight, Groening was hyped by the media as the «new Messiah». Naturally this was a provocation for the church. Doctors and the authorities felt forced to react. And so Groening was forbidden from healing and forced to appear in court. So, was he a charlatan after all? A media witch hunt began.

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