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
The luftwaffe plane that lands is not a German plane. It is a American Dakota DC3 used by the Allies in WW2. See more »
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 »
My wife picked this up at the video store the other night. I am a WWII period movie junkie.
I found the plot feasible, but unlikely. Himmler was too much of a controlling egomaniac to negotiate with a DIRTY JEW. He would have taken Krauzenberg Company and wealth and had him and his family killed.
The actors playing the NAZI soldiers did a good job showing the cold disregard and hatred that Nazis had for anyone but their own.
Martin Landau did a very good job playing Krauzenberg. He at least tried to have a German accent. Many of the other characters did not even attempt the accent, but instead sounded very British.
As for the cinematography, it was very good. The editing is OK. The music is typical for this type of movie.
The actor that played Himmler did a very good job with this role. It did help that he bore a striking resemblance to Himmler.
Overall this is good period piece that reminds us of the events of the Nazis and JEWS during WWII.
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