I am living
A collective camp on a cemetery. The Jews driven together are extremely despaired. Will their pain and torture take an end? Is there any hope? They expect the answer for these burning questions from Prof. Zalel Shafer, the most respected and learned men among them. Now he is a prisoner of the camp.
Schafer, however, has no answer for the questions. But this is coming from the part of another Jew, Levi Stelmach, "Don’t despair, we must fight."
The sick Benjamin Pawes sets an example of courage and iron will. He organizes an underground movement which he has to pay with his young life.
His fiancée, Miryam, Zalel Schafer’s daughter, helped him in his activity. She is sacrificing and brave and comforted the prisoners, "to endure until our will come."
Miryam disguised herself as an old woman in order to evade the eager eyes of the Ukrainian camp police.
Levi Stelmach does not find a possibility to get in contact with the partisans, and he agrees with other Jews to declare him dead. Thus he will be carried out from the camp together with the other dead. At this time the partisans make a sudden attack upon the camp and take Stelmach along with themselves. The partisans are thrown back by the Germans and Benjamin Pawes falls into German captivity. In connection herewith Zalel Schafer is called to the Gestapo boss.
Miryam is sought by the Gestapo, but in vain. All investigations remain without success, as the Jews declare that Miryam is dead.
Johann von Kitel, Gestapo boss orders to evacuate the camp on account of the approaching enemy.
The staff-officer Dr. Georg Deber is harassed by the front-news. He sees that the situation in which they are, is critical. Deber’s excitement increases, he is depressed and despairing for the enemy is approaching ever more. They are surrounded. He expresses his doubts toward the Gestapo boss, explains to him that their situation is hopeless, and a fight with the Jews ridiculous. Zalel Schafer becomes the senior of the Jews. His task is to bind Jews for "government purposes." This, however, is only a pretext by which the arrested Jews are totally demoralized.
Paul, an interior to Kitel, brings the report after unsuccessful investigations, that Miryam has died. Kitel, however, does not believe this and orders to arrest a group of Jews as hostages, among them also the old woman with the glasses who had attracted his attention at his last inspection in the camp. Von Kitel incites the arrested Jews against Schafer and hopes to learn thus the whereabouts of Schafer’s daughter Miryam. But nobody discloses the secret, though their despair is very great.
Now Kitel has Zalel Schafer brought forward and orders him to call over the list of Jews who are to be evacuated. After the call, Schafer is marched off by order of the most furious Kitel.
Miryam, who is overwhelmed by grief, calls her father by name and so reveals herself. All Jews are marched off; only Miryam remains with the Gestapo boss. This one forces Miryam to work as person of confidence of the Gestapo, remarking that her father as well abide by the order and is even disposed to comply with the desires of the Gestapo boss, hoping thus to be able to save her father.
The maid-servant Maryanke, who serves the officers, is the secret liaison man between the partisans within and outside of the camp. She succeeds in handing out a false pass to Miryam with which she can leave the camp. Miryam kills von Kitel and flees into the woods.
Zalel Schafer and Herschele the violinist get liberated by Deber who despairing at his situation intends thus to sue for friends among the prisoners. He releases them, saying that they might think of him with gratitude if another time should come once.
Zalele Schafer and Herschele flee into the woods.
Zalel Schafer and Herschele lost each other in the woods. Up to now Zalel has not yet any news about Miryam. Incidentally Schafer and Herschele meet again. Maryanke, too, meets with them in the woods. She hurries to town with important news and a summons to the partisans. She is surprised by Paul, is involved in a fight with him and kills him, together with Zalel Schafer who comes to help her.
Now Maryanke calls together all the partisans. Among them is Levi Stelmach, too, who informed Zalel that Miryam stays with them.
Zalel and Herschele join the partisans.