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  • GATEWAYS TO NEW YORK

    GATEWAYS TO NEW YORK

    Othmar Ammann, a Swiss-American structural engineer, designed more than half of the eleven bridges that connect New York City to the rest of the United States. We tell his adventure-filled story. The engineer Othmar Ammann left Switzerland in 1904 to redefine the art of bridge-building in America. He designed more than half of the eleven bridges that connect New York City to the rest of the United States. His constructions changed the face of New York forever. Beyond the life […]

  • BERNAUER STRASSE – A STREET DIVIDED

    BERNAUER STRASSE – A STREET DIVIDED

    Bernauer Strasse in Berlin is symbolic of the division of Germany. The border line ran along the walls of the houses that stood on the eastern side. Both sides of the street changed radically when the Wall went up. Thirty years after the fall of the Wall, we investigate into a vanished place that brings into focus the history of the Berlin Wall like nowhere else. By the time the Wall fell on 9 November 1989, after 28 years, 2 […]

  • HITLER’S CULTURE CAPITAL

    HITLER’S CULTURE CAPITAL

    Linz in Austria was to become the cultural capital of the Nazis. Hitler spent years planning to transform the provincial town into a model city with the „Führermuseum“ at its centre. An investigation into the city’s past. Linz, the rather sleepy city on the river Danube, was the city of Hitler’s youth, the city of his dreams. After the annexation of Austria in March 1938, he planned to transform the provincial town into a „national work of art“. He wanted […]

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  • LETTERS WITHOUT SIGNATURE

    LETTERS WITHOUT SIGNATURE

    Until 1975, in the weekly radio programme „Letters without Signature“, the BBC read out letters written anonymously by GDR citizens. The show gave numerous East Germans hope – but for many it was their downfall. Over a period of 20 years until 1975, in a weekly radio programme called „Letters Without Signature“, the BBC read out letters that had been written anonymously by East German citizens. Spurred on by the slogan „Write to us wherever you are, about whatever you […]

  • PENICILLIN – A MEDICAL REVOLUTION

    PENICILLIN – A MEDICAL REVOLUTION

    Once celebrated as a life saver, penicillin today is alarming researchers all over the world. A fascinating film about the history and current status of antibiotics. Ninety years ago, in the summer of 1928, Scottish doctor Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by accident. It took another two decades and a world war for him and others to succeed in producing the antibiotic in such large quantities that the epidemics of that time – typhus, syphilis, gangrene and tuberculosis – could be […]

  • WITCH HUNT – THE MECHANICS OF MASS HYSTERIA

    WITCH HUNT – THE MECHANICS OF MASS HYSTERIA

    Over 50,000 people in Europe fell victim to a witch pogrom between the end of the 15th century and the late 18th century—fuelled by a detailed guide to witch hunts called “Malleus Maleficarum”. Between the end of the Middle Ages and the late 18th century, over 50,000 Europeans were persecuted, tortured and executed on charges of witchcraft. The witch hunt was sparked by a Dominican monk named Heinrich Kramer. He was obsessed with the idea that witches were part of […]

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  • MEETING OF SPIES

    MEETING OF SPIES

    While working as a cook, forester and car mechanic in the GDR, Norbert, Raimund and Eberhard spied for the West between the 1950s and 80s. They tell their extraordinary stories for the first time. The era of espionage during the Cold War is the stuff of countless novels and films. But little is known about the real spies. Some have passed away, many avoid the public because they are obliged to remain silent even after their active years. We tracked […]

  • IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE CISTERCIANS

    IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE CISTERCIANS

    We travel to France, Germany and Italy to find out about the fascinating world of the medieval Cistercian Order. What was the secret behind their incredible achievements and skills that ranged from fish farming to astronomy? Three films rediscover the world of Cistercian Monasteries revealing the reasons for the cloisters’ old success story and taking us from the present day into the fascinating world of the Middle Ages – into the architecture, painting, book illumination, sculpture, commerce, horticulture and viticulture, […]

  • BUGATTI – ART, DESIGN AND SPEED

    BUGATTI – ART, DESIGN AND SPEED

    Bugatti – a name that is synonymous with records, speed and aesthetic shapes. We tell the story of a family that is still a myth today despite – or perhaps because of – its turbulent past. Bugatti – a name that’s synonymous with records, speed and aesthetic shapes. We tell the story of a family of fanatics. Father Carlo Bugatti was a painter, designer and architect who designed extravagant furniture for European dynasties at the end of the 19th century. […]

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  • LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    LIBERACE – THE KING OF BLING

    He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling – enjoyed an unparalleled career. The salon pianist turned megastar lived the American dream, but it was a life of unmatched paradox and eccentricity. He was an icon, flamboyant pianist, egomaniac, showman par excellence: Liberace – the King of Bling, led his life in the fast lanes between Hollywood, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. In the middle of the Californian desert, where Hollywood stars […]

  • SALONIKA – A CITY WITH AMNESIA

    SALONIKA – A CITY WITH AMNESIA

    A journey in time. Once a cosmopolitan city and religious and cultural melting pot, Thessaloniki experienced its decline in the 20th century. A shock that defines the city to this day. Thessaloniki’s unique status as a cosmopolitan city and religious and cultural melting pot ended abruptly in the 20th century. The „shock“ experienced by the ancient city continues to impact life there even today. The deportation of the Jews inevitably marked the demise of what was once the „Jerusalem of […]

  • LEGACY

    LEGACY

    70 years after the end of the war in Germany. They say post-war generations bear no blame, but they bear responsibility. Responsibility for ensuring something like this never happens again. But what does that mean? Seventy years after the end of the war, we have a reached a junction in Germany – at least as far as the history of the war and Nazi period is concerned. Contemporary witnesses are dying out, but history lives on – as a legacy shared […]

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