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In 1938 Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler sponsored an expedition to Tibet lead by several Nazi SS scientists to study the regions flora and fauna, and to take scientific measurements of the ... See full summary »

Directors:

H.A. Lettow (as Hans A. Lettow), Ernst Schäfer

Writers:

H.A. Lettow (as Hans A. Lettow), Ernst Schäfer (as Dr. Ernst Schäfer)
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Credited cast:
Bruno Beger Bruno Beger ... Himself
H.A. Lettow H.A. Lettow ... Gestaltung
Horst Preusker Horst Preusker ... Narrator (voice) (as Horst Preußker)
Ernst Schäfer Ernst Schäfer ... Himself
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In 1938 Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler sponsored an expedition to Tibet lead by several Nazi SS scientists to study the regions flora and fauna, and to take scientific measurements of the Earths magnetic fields. The expedition was also sent to find traces of the orgins of the "Aryan" race in Tibet which was where Himmler thought evidence of could be found. This film is a Nazi era documentary of that expedition. Written by Jim Riecken (youroldpaljim@yahoo,com)

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

18 January 1943 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Lhasa-Lo - Die verbotene Stadt See more »

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Universum Film (UFA) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Why did Nazis go to Tibet, really?
6 February 2013 | by Writer_Mario_BiondiSee all my reviews

Did really Himmler only want measures of skulls, legs, hands, colors of eyes, descriptions of Shapis and Blue Tibetan Sheep, and so on? Did he really want to discover traces of the origins of the Aryan race in Tibet? In Tibet of all places? I will never believe it. He simply wanted to establish an alliance with that strange country and its ruler (the Dalai Lama's Government) to try and create a connection with the Japanese armies which were at that time ravaging China, and close British India in a mortal pincer. The Nazis Schäfer and Beger knew it perfectly well. That was their real mission. Nevertheless this documentary remains of extraordinary interest. Probably the first account of Tibet on film. Needs English subtitles, which is possible to find on the Web.


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