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  • SHADOWS OF WAR

    SHADOWS OF WAR

    The film describes World War Two from a Russian perspective and recalls the fate of Red Army soldiers, three million of whom died in German prisoner-of-war camps.  On 22 June 1941, the German Armed Forces invaded the Soviet Union. It was the start of a brutal war. Ten of altogether 17 million German soldiers fought on the Eastern Front. From the Soviet perspective, it was an existential war. The battle against the invaders was seen by the entire population as […]

  • NEW DRESSES, DARK PAST – HERERO OF NAMIBIA

    NEW DRESSES, DARK PAST – HERERO OF NAMIBIA

    Dresses that keep memories alive: young fashion designer Mc Bright Kavari modernises the traditional costumes of the Herero women to remind us of the genocide that was committed against his people. Herero women in Namibia can be recognised by their enormous Victorian dresses, which seem totally unsuited to the hot African climate. Twenty-two-year-old fashion designer Mc Bright Kavari, himself an Herero, designs dresses to keep alive memories of his people’s past. It is the story of a war of extermination […]

  • ASSASSINATING FRANCO – RESISTANCE AGAINST A DICTATOR

    ASSASSINATING FRANCO – RESISTANCE AGAINST A DICTATOR

    During his brutal reign, the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco survived over 20 assassination attempts. But who were the attackers and what were their motives? We track them down. Spanish dictator Francisco Franco believed he was chosen by higher powers. He instructed his propagandists to portray him as an “indomitable soldier”. Secretly, however, Franco had an almost morbid fear of being murdered. And rightly so, as was proven after his death in 1975. Since then, over 20 failed attempts on the […]

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  • 1917 – THE REAL OCTOBER. ARTISTS IN TIMES OF REVOLUTION

    1917 – THE REAL OCTOBER. ARTISTS IN TIMES OF REVOLUTION

    Petersburg, 1917: we re-experience the year of the two revolutions. From the perspective of Russian artists such as Maxim Gorky and Kazimir Malevich, we recount the events of this turbulent year. Petersburg, 1917: Russian artists in the year of two revolutions. The tsar abdicates and suddenly everything seems possible. Eight months after the February Bourgeois Democratic Revolution, the Bolshevists seize power in October. But what exactly happened in this period between February and October? How did the people of Petersburg […]

  • THE SEVEN LIVES OF THE SEA CLOUD

    THE SEVEN LIVES OF THE SEA CLOUD

    It is one of the finest and oldest sailing ships in the world. In five episodes, we accompany the Sea Cloud on its long journey across the Atlantic and study the history of this floating legend.  It is one of the finest and oldest sailing ships in the world. Built by Krupp in the 1930s at the Germania shipyard in Kiel, the Sea Cloud still sails the world’s seas today after an adventurous and incredible career. Her greatest challenge: crossing […]

  • GÖRING’S CARINHALL

    GÖRING’S CARINHALL

    In 1933, Herman Göring created his very own realm, a lavishly designed hunting lodge – Carinhall – not far from Berlin. We take a closer look at the history of this mysterious place. The second man in the Third Reich created his very own realm “for eternity” not far from Berlin. Built in 1933 at public expense, Hermann Göring had the hunting lodge lavishly designed in the style of a Swedish log cabin, which he called Carinhall after his first […]

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  • BOOK HUNTERS

    BOOK HUNTERS

    On the trail of historical and modern-day book hunters: scientists, historians, book lovers and librarians who demonstrate untiring effort and often take great risks to preserve our cultural heritage. Ancient civilisations possessed a vast amount of knowledge that was documented in hundreds of thousands of manuscripts. At the end of the Roman Empire, the majority of these cultural treasures vanished. Book hunters often risked their necks to track down ancient manuscripts and preserve them for future generations. One of the […]

  • THE CRIMEA THROUGH THE AGES

    THE CRIMEA THROUGH THE AGES

    The film introduces towns and regions in the Crimea, looks back at the peninsula’s eventful past and explains the current situation from a historical perspective. In March 2014, the Crimea became part of the Russian Federation once again. An internationally disputed referendum led to the reunification of the Crimea and Russia. For thousands of years, the Crimean peninsula has been home to numerous peoples who have all left their mark on the region. Various sites bear testimony to this past […]

  • THE RENAISSANCE FACTOR

    THE RENAISSANCE FACTOR

    Never before have culture, economics and science developed so rapidly within one century as during the Renaissance. But what was the catalyst for it, what is the “Renaissance factor”? The Renaissance is an epoch that is unique in human history: Never before have art, culture, economics and science developed so rapidly within one century. We search for the “Renaissance factor”, that combination of influences that triggered a pivotal period in history. It is a journey through time from Roman antiquity […]

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  • CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher write successful crime novels about an era that has never before been the subject of crime fiction: the Third Reich. They have written crime novels about an era that until now has rarely been the subject of crime fiction: the Third Reich, itself the cause of inconceivable crimes and atrocities. Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher have broken an unspoken German rule that the Third Reich should not be the subject of […]

  • JEFF CARNEY – US AIRMAN TURNED STASI SPY

    JEFF CARNEY – US AIRMAN TURNED STASI SPY

    The young NSA intelligence specialist Jeffrey Carney, who is stationed in West Berlin, suddenly becomes the Eastern Bloc’s most important agent. An unprecedented story of betrayal set against the Cold War. In April 1991, an East Berlin man was kidnapped by US secret service agents. After being interrogated, “Jens Karney” was flown to the USA and sentenced to 38 years imprisonment… Almost exactly 30 years before Edward Snowden turned his back on the NSA, fellow countryman, then Jeffrey Carney, did […]

  • NERO: PLEA FOR A MONSTER

    NERO: PLEA FOR A MONSTER

    Emperor Nero is still regarded as the epitome of the evil and crazy tyrant. But was he really guilty of all the crimes he was accused of? A dramatically presented historical investigation. The name Nero is still synonymous today with the character of the cruel and crazy dictator. The emperor who ruled over Rome from 54 to 68 AD is mentioned in the same breath as the most horrendous crimes in history. For a long time, he was considered a […]

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