Jerusalem International Film Festival - Yad Vashem Chairman's Award, Jewish Experience 2009
2009 Berlin Jewish Film Festival - Top Prize for German Documentaries on Jewish Themes
The appropriation of assets from German Jews during the Third Reich benefitted virtually every other German citizen. It was not the Gestapo who invaded Jewish homes in order to confiscate all property, from bank accounts to bed linens; it was the German tax officials. While larger assets went to the tax offices, smaller assets and goods were sold to friends and neighbors in public auctions of "Non-Aryan" property.
Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Verhoeven's documentary documents the bizarre competition that developed between bureaucrats as to how to organize the robbery of the Jews prior to their deportation and death. Until just several years ago, the documents proving this planned expropriation were lost, destroyed or hidden away.
ALSO DIRECTED BY MICHAEL VERHOEVEN
Germany, 2008, 91 minutes
German with English subtitles
Directed by Michael Verhoeven
Public exhibition Beta and DVD available for public exhibition screenings and television broadcast in Israel