Michael Verhoeven’s investigation shows the extent to which the German civilian population profited from the systematic robbery of Jews’ assets in Germany and the occupied countries
Director: Michael Verhoeven DE 2008, documentary, 91 min., German OV Production: Michael Verhoeven, Sentana Filmproduktion GmbH International distribution: STUDIOCANAL GmbH Cinematography: Britta Becker
Inspired by an exhibition initiated by historian Wolfgang Dreßen, Verhoeven’s documentary investigates “Aryanization” in the Nazi period. Best known for his feature films (THE WHITE ROSE), Verhoeven exposes the large extent to which the general population was involved in the dispossession of private property belonging to the Jewish population in Germany and the occupied countries. It was not the Gestapo, but tax officials who intruded in homes from 1933 on and confiscated the most valuable objects; everything else was often auctioned off in the neighborhood.
Guests: Michael Verhoeven, Wolfgang Dreßen, Katrin Wuschansky
In collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e.V. (Landesbüro Brandenburg) and Gegen Vergessen – Für
Jerusalem International Film Festival 2009; Hofer Filmtage 2008
GLÜCKSKIND (DE 2014) DIE ZWEITE HINRICHTUNG – AMERIKA UND DIE TODESSTRAFE (DE 2009-2011) VERGEBEN NICHT VERGESSEN (DE 2007/2008) DER UNBEKANNTE SOLDAT (DE 2005/2006) MUTTERS COURAGE (DE 1994/1995) DAS SCHRECKLICHE MÄDCHEN (DE 1989) DIE WEISSE ROSE (DE 1981/1982) O.K. (DE 1970)
Michael Verhoeven was born into a family of actors in Berlin in 1938. After acting on stage and on film, he first studied medicine and practiced as a physician. He has been married to actor Senta Berger since 1966. The two founded a film production company in the mid-1960s, producing and later also directing films. Since 1973, he has focused entirely on filmmaking, taking up the Third Reich time and again. His film O.K. (1970), which dealt with the Vietnam War, triggered a scandal leading to the cancellation of the competition at the Berlinale. He has mostly produced films for television since the 1980s.
Guests: Michael Verhoeven, Wolfgang Dreßen and Katrin Wuschansky