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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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Adolf Eichmann: There were women... children...
Reinhard Heydrich: Women and children are Jews too.
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Magnificent film of Heinz Schirk
7 November 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"Die Wanseekonferenze" is an excellent job of interpretation, filmed in the same mansion where the events real and where they decided to adopt the "final solution". This sensational German production is based on real events and was filmed later in 2001 an HBO film by Frank Pierson, with Kenneth Brannagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth, Kevin McNally, and other actors of high quality.

The Wansee conference was a meeting of high-ranking Nazi SS and the leaders held in January 20.1942, to plan the final solution to the Jewish problem. This interesting and important film represents, in real time, the conference during which 14 members of the Nazi hierarchy decided in 85 minutes, logistics and the means to make the Final Solution. The film is magnificently interpreted by a cast complete although unknown actors Germans first class, with special mention Dietrich Mattausch as "Reinhard Heydrich,", and Bockmann as "Adolf Eichmann". The film is superbly directed by Heinz Schirk, based on the Protocol of Wannsee. Probably this film is more closer to the reality of the facts in the performance of the characters, but with less theatricality that the film of Frank Pierson.


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