A Yenish boy named Ernst Lossa is transferred to a mental institution where he labors under the watch of Dr. Veithausen. Ernst, initially identified as a troublemaker, lives up to his role and rebels in minor ways throughout the course of the film. Ernst does not plan to stay in the institution long and expects to be taken home (and eventually to America) by his father, Christian Lossa, but is denied discharge based on the fact that his father has no permanent address after being released from a concentration camp. Initially, certain patients in the hospital are marked to be sent to the Hadamar Euthanasia Centre, where they are euthanized, but central authorities dictate that euthanasia operations be transferred to individual institutions, leaving Dr. Veithausen to direct his nurses to execute patients under their care. The newly hired nurse, Sister Kiefer, is willing to exterminate child patients using barbiturates, which Sister Sophia refuses to do. Ernst befriends Nandl, a fellow patient, and over time becomes cognizant of Dr. Veithausen’s plans to execute the patients in the institution, and therefore attempts to work out an escape plan to save Nandl and himself. The doctor, following the logic of racial hygiene, devises a plan to starve patients slowly by feeding them boiled vegetable soup with all nutrients removed, which satisfies his Nazi superiors. Not long after, Ernst plans his escape during an ongoing air raid, but ultimately fails because of the falling debris, which injures Nandl and kills Sister Sophia. Dr. Veithausen calls for Ernst’s death, which is carried out by either Paul Hechtle or Sister Kiefer (both deny being the true killer), but Nandl breaks the news to the other patients by claiming that Ernst has finally made it to America.
Fog in August (German: Nebel im August) is a 2016 German drama film directed by Kai Wessel. It was listed as one of eight films that could be the German submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, but it was not selected.