Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Films in Daejeon:The Counterfeiters [Austria]

Adapted from the memoirs and research of Adolf Burger, "The Counterfeiters" ("Die Fälscher") reveals a new side to the Holocaust: the Nazis as petty crooks. Throughout the Second World War, the Nazis schemed to flood other nations' economies with counterfeit cash, and they turned to career criminals and talented prisoners to do their dirty work for them. These Jews, working out of concentration camps, falsified millions of British pound notes and would later turn their attention to the American hundred dollar bill. (Stalling tactics and bad timing left this portion of the scheme a failure.) "Operation Bernhard," as it was called, produced what are considered the finest counterfeits to ever find their way into circulation; the prisoners would also falsify passports, documents, stamps, and whatever else the SS demanded.

Stefan Ruzowitzky
Country: Austria
Year: 2007
Runtime: 98 mins
Cinema: Daejeon Art Cinema [23rd to 31st August]
Trailer: The Counterfeiters

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