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The Final Solution: The Wannsee Conference (1984)
"Die Wannseekonferenz" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History  |  19 December 1984 (West Germany)
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Friedrich G. Beckhaus ...
Heinrich Müller (as Friedrich Beckhaus)
Gerd Böckmann ...
Jochen Busse ...
Georg Leibbrandt
Hans-Werner Bussinger ...
Martin Luther (as Hans W. Bussinger)
Harald Dietl ...
Alfred Meyer
Peter Fitz ...
Wilhelm Stuckart
Reinhard Glemnitz ...
Josef Bühler
Dieter Groest ...
Martin Lüttge ...
Anita Mally ...
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Dietrich Mattausch ...
Gerd Rigauer ...
Karl Schöngarth
Franz Rudnick ...
Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger
Günter Spörrle ...
Gerhard Klopfer
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A precise, real-time (exactly 85 minutes - the length of the actual event) reenactment of the infamous Wannsee Conference, a meeting called in January, 1942 to map out the implementation of the Final Solution to the Jewish Question. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Most of the conversations at the beginning of the film, in particular the small talk between offices, the dialogue between the SS and the secretaries, and the emergency phone call regarding a transport of Jews in the east, is entirely dramatic license. The actual minutes for the conference begin after Heydrich convened the meeting - exactly what the Nazi officers were doing before Heydrich arrived is not historically known and is dependent on second hand testimony and speculation. See more »

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Adolf Eichmann is shown in the film wearing a Waffen-SS infantry officer's uniform complete with the SS runes unit patch. Eichmann was in fact a security police colonel and therefore should have displayed a blank security service collar patch with green police piping. See more »

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Reinhard Heydrich: It's dishonorable to be weaklings, which we in the SS are not.
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Referenced in Fatherland (1994) See more »

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90 minute meeting that changed the world
19 May 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a fascinating 'fly on the wall' look at the infamous Wannsee Conference held on 20 Jan 1942. As they snack on food and sip on fine French Wines, the 'paper pushers', 'yes men', 'intellectuals' and 'hatchet men' of the Third Reich debate the fate of 11 million people.

There is another movie that also looks at this same 90 min. meeting called 'Conspiracy' - which is available on DVD & VHS through Amazon.com. Although the 'WannseeKonferenz' is the better movie (and 'Conspiracy' sometimes comes across as a flashy imitation), I strongly urge everyone to watch both movies. Both movies have the same people attending the conference, but how each attendee is portrayed at the conference is strikingly different. Most of the attendees in 'Conspiracy' (except for Dr. Klopfer) are viewed as flawed intellectuals, but full of grace, charm and manners (which makes a nice stark comparison with what they are discussing). Almost all of the attendees in 'The Wannsee Conference' (except for the female secretary) are shown as crude, corrupt pigs that differ with each other only as to how to divide their 'power'. In particular after watching both versions, I am most curious as to the 'real' Major Lange. The crude drunken Major Lange of 'The Wannsee Conference' seems more likely to be butchering 1000's of Jews at Riga than the soft spoken, charming, well mannered Major Lange of 'Conspiracy'.


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