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During WWII, the U.S. formed an elite intelligence unit -- mostly German Jewish academics -- at Camp Ritchie... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Michael Hanrahan ... Narrator (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Werner Angress ... Himself
Victor Brombert ... Himself

Marlene Dietrich ... Herself (archive footage)

Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Philip Glaessner ... Himself
Hans Peter Hallwachs ... Narrator (voice)
Fred Howard ... Himself
Si Lewen ... Himself
Thomas Mann ... Himself (archive footage)
Rudy Michaels ... Himself
Morris Parloff ... Himself
Richard Schifter ... Himself
Hans Spear ... Himself
Guy Stern ... Himself

Directed by
Christian Bauer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christian Bauer 

Produced by
Christian Bauer .... executive producer
Dagmar Biller .... producer
Bill Howard .... executive producer: Discovery Wings
Patricia Phillips .... executive producer
Donna Zuckerbrot .... producer
Original Music by
Aaron Davis 
John Lang 
Cinematography by
Dietrich Mangold (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Kazala 
Production Management
Jan Bullerdieck .... production manager
Josie Crimi .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anna Zöllner .... assistant director (as Anna Zoellner)
Art Department
Florian Siegrist .... graphic artist: title
Greg Robertson .... graphic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Steph Carrier .... sound re-recording mixer (as Stephan Carrier)
Stacy Coutts .... sound re-recording assistant
Robert Di Gioia .... sound recordist: narration
Joseph Doane .... assistant sound editor
Paul Germann .... sound editor
Ed Segeren .... senior sound technical engineer
Harald Stuckmann .... sound recordist
Sebastian Wagner .... sound recordist
Editorial Department
Paul Deakin .... on-line editor
Lorraine Grant .... colorist (as Lorraine Grant-Dipasquale)
Sue Howard .... assistant editor
Wolfgang Landgraeber .... commissioning editor: WDR
Claudia Schreiner .... commissioning editor: MDR
Hubert von Spreti .... commissioning editor: BR
Other crew
Klaus Albrecht .... production finance director
Lea Bauer .... production office
Maria Duncan .... production finance director
Michael Erhard .... production office
Sonja Hachenberger .... production office
Richard Hanet .... business and legal affairs
Bob Hartman .... business analyst (as Robert Hartman)
Michael Kot .... production executive: History Television
Toby Sax .... production accountant
Martin Sell .... production coordinator
Helen Weiss .... researcher
Anna Zöllner .... researcher (as Anna Zoellner)

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Germany:43 min (TV version) | Hong Kong:90 min | USA:90 min (theatrical version)
Black and White (archive footage) | Color
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Christian Bauer was only able to fund this movie after making Missing Allen: The Man Who Became a Camera (2002).See more »
[first lines]
title cards:Between 1933 and 1939, countless Germans, Austrians, and Czechoslovakians flee their home countries. For them, a visa to the United States is the most valuable document in the world.
Guy Stern:I emigrated to America in October 1939. Germany permitted people like myself to leave, provided you didn't have very much. We arrived in New York with $3 - my mother had $3 and I had $3. America was a fantasy at that point, which turned out to be a reality.
Guy Stern:[lecturing] Who were the first ones who did any stock-taking of what was emerging unique in literary history abroad? Because, if you look at the tradition of literature...
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Fascinating historic documentary, laced with ironic humor, 13 November 2011
Author: runamokprods from US

Unique, sweet documentary about a mostly Jewish group of refugees who had fled to America, and, wanting to do something to fight Hitler, became an intelligence unit for the Army.

While occasionally very sad and moving, more than most WW II documentaries there is a big dose of ironic Jewish humor in these men, as well as a very positive life force.

Simple in its construction -- mostly talking heads intercut with photos and newsreel footage -- it manages to capture the awful insanity of war and the power of refusing to give up a sense of humor at the same time.

A rare and powerful combination.

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