On January 20, 1942, 14 key representatives of the SS, Nazi Party and government bureaucracy met secretly at a house in Wannsee, a quiet Berlin suburb. There, the official decision was made to implement the Nazis' "Final Solution" of exterminating the Jewish people.
The Wannssee Conference is a chilling film that reenacts the historic meeting minute-by-minute, based on the actual notes and letters written by Hermann Goering and Adolf Eichmann, and testimony by Eichmann during his 1961 trial in Israel.
"West German producer Manfred Korytowski chillingly recreates this fateful conference, at which key representatives of the SS, the Nazi Party and the government ministries signed off on the Final Solution. Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler's Gestapo chief, called them together to win support for "an organizational task unparalleled in history" and to diffuse the responsibility for enacting it. Full of cognac and career ambitions, the 13 underlings went along with the program."
- Rita Kemley, The Washington Post
The Wannsee Conference
West Germany, 1987, 85 minutes, color
German with English subtitles
Directed by Heinz Schirk
Public Exhibition 35mm, 16mm Rental available