In January 1942, as the United States enters World War II, a conference assembles near Berlin. S.S. General Heydrich and his associate, Lieutenant Eichmann call the meeting to discuss the "evacuation" of Germany's Jews and other undesirables, a code word for their extermination in concentration camps. To begin this Final Solution, they must change the mind of a small group of men opposed to the idea, led by Chancellor Kritzinger.
One Meeting. Six Million Lives.
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Did You Know?
Reinhard Heydrich (Sir Kenneth Branagh) states at the conference that they will wipe out all Jews between "Vladivostok and Belfast". Branagh was born in Belfast . See more
In the beginning of the film, the narrator refers to the death of Hitler's best general who died of a heart attack in Russia. The narrator is most likely referring to Field Marshal von Reichenau, who died on January 17, 1942. However, Reichenau suffered a stroke and not a heart attack. He was being transported to seek medical attention when his aircraft crashed on landing. He suffered head injuries during the crash. The actual cause of death was not determined. See more
Adolph Hitler invaded Poland in September, 1939, starting WWII. By the winter of 1942, his armies were freezing and starving in the snows of Russia, where his best general had died of a heart attack, and America had entered the war. For the first time, Hitler's dream of a German empire to last 1,000 years was in doubt. While he hired and fired generals and the winter grew colder 15 of his officials were ordered from their commands and ministries to meet in a quiet lakeside ...
String Quintet in C Major', D.956: Adagio
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by Ensemble Villa Musica
courtesy of Naxos of America
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