Re-enacted true story of successful assault by Nazis, posing as Poles, on a German border radio station so that Hitler could "justify" thereby his invasion of Poland.

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Hannjo Hasse ...
Alfred Naujocks
Christoph Beyertt ...
Volksdeutscher Franz Sitte
Wolfgang Kalweit ...
Volksdeutscher Hans-Wilhelm Kraweit
Georg Leopold ...
Volksdeutscher Franz Wyczorek
Herwart Grosse ...
Gestapochef Müller
Rolf Ripperger ...
Volksdeutscher Bieratzki
Manfred Günther ...
Volksdeutscher Kühnel
Rudolf Woschiek ...
Volksdeutscher Tutzauer (as Rudolf Woschick)
Hilmar Thate ...
KZ-Häftling
Rolf Ludwig ...
SS-Arzt
Friedrich Richter ...
Jüdischer Professor
Günter Naumann ...
SS-Mann in Uniform
Paul-Dolf Neis ...
SD-Chef Gleiwitz
Heinz Schröder ...
SD-Chef Oppeln
Margarete Taudte ...
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Re-enacted true story of successful assault by Nazis, posing as Poles, on a German border radio station so that Hitler could "justify" thereby his invasion of Poland.

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22 April 1961 (East Germany)  »

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How to make a big lie work.
26 September 2005 | by (San Jose, CA.) – See all my reviews

This movie shows what it takes to trick a country into going to war. The mindset of those carrying out the operation is shown. This feels almost like a documentary. Lots of closeups that foreshadow the techniques of Sergio Leone. At times it moves quite fast and conveys the speed of the whole operation. At one time it moves at a pace to give the feeling of the waiting and tension that the operation itself produces. This movie would be perfect to see with DOWNFALL. The beginning and the end of the second world war,perfect bookends to all of the movies depicting World War II. This movie teaches lessons that are as full of meaning for today and the world situation.


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