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A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.

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Joseph Krauzenberg
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Rachel Krauzenberg
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Hans Vassman
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Ingrid Vassman
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Edelhein
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Dressler
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Gerhard
Austen Palmer ...
Kurt Becher
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Second Sentry
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Jolanda
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Adjutant (as Adrian O'Donnell)
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In 1944, in Hungary, the wealthy Jewish industrialist Joseph Krauzenberg is forced by the Reichführer Heinrich Himmler to deliver his 3,000 employee factory; his palace with his collection of antiques and arts; a large amount in gold; and his house to the Reich. In return, the Nazis would send his big family that is arrested in Gestapo safe and sound to the neutral Switzerland and then to Palestine. Himmler schedules a dinner with Krauzenberg and his wife Rachel Krauzenberg to sign the contract and orders the butcher Eichmann to not do harm to the imprisoned Jews relatives of Krauzenberg. Himmer also send the SS Edelhein to check the security of the palace and the two German house servants of Krauzenberg, Hans Vassman and his beautiful pregnant wife Ingrid Vassman. Hans and Ingrid are actually the Jews David and Leila Steinberg and members of the resistance. When the Krauzenberg couple concludes the negotiation with Himmler, Ingrid discloses to the couple that Hans and she are Jews. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When Hans and Ingrid Vassman were to be executed in the palace's yard by Dressler, as they were taken inside the palace, you can see a green Mercedes modern van on the left side of the screen. See more »

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Himmler: Sign, and you're safe.
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war drama
11 January 2010 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This type of film, English actors speaking with Southern English accents dressed up in Nazi uniforms, acting beastly, together with extras who have been told to act glum have been artfully brought together in one film - the director shoots the sequences as if he's following the pages of a cartoon book. I watched some 10-15 minutes of this tripe becoming increasingly irritated and disappointed that I wasted my money and and then by watching the stuff I was wasting my time. A story told by film has to grip and hold my attention for the duration. My attention is diluted by unconvincing dialogue, stylised acting by principals and/or extras and camera angles that suddenly intrude upon the narrative.

The true story deserves to be produced on film by people who respect the trauma that real people endured and their heroic efforts to survive those times. There are films that convincingly portray the period, notably the Russian film 'Come and See'the German film 'Europa Europa' the Hungarian film 'Zelary.' Even films in which English displaces the language used in the original story can be credible, because the Director and Actors are talented, for example, 'The Pianist' and 'Schindler's List.'

What would be the motives of the people who brought this story to the screen? are two films that told the story


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