HISTORY

  • THE FEMALE GUARD – THE CASE OF JOHANNA LANGEFELD

    THE FEMALE GUARD – THE CASE OF JOHANNA LANGEFELD

    The story of Johanna Langefeld is the only known case of an SS guard being saved from a death sentence after the war by her own victims. In 1946, she escaped from a Cracow prison where she was awaiting trial. Her former prisoners not only helped her escape but also hid her from the Polish authorities for ten years. What were their motives?

  • 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  a vanished place that brings into focus the history of the Berlin Wall like nowhere else.

  • 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 […]

  • 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. They were complaints about the economy, censorship, the socialist state. For the BBC, this was an act of freedom of expression, for the Stasi treason. The writers were mercilessly persecuted and some severely punished.

  • PENICILLIN – A MEDICAL REVOLUTION

    PENICILLIN – A MEDICAL REVOLUTION

    Once celebrated as a life saver, penicillin today is alarming researchers all over the world: over 70% of aggressive germs are now resistant to the alleged wonder drug. A development its inventor Alexander Fleming had foreseen. A fascinating film about the history and current state of antibiotics.

  • WITCH HUNT – THE MECHANICS OF MASS HYSTERIA

    WITCH HUNT – THE MECHANICS OF MASS HYSTERIA

    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 pogrom was triggered by the book “Malleus Maleficarum”, published in 1486. Its detailed instructions for persecuting and annihilating alleged witches triggered a mass hysteria.

  • MEETING OF SPIES

    MEETING OF SPIES

    While leading middle-class lives in the GDR as a cook, forester and car mechanic, Norbert, Raimund and Eberhard spied for the BND and CIA between the 1950s and 80s. All three were exposed and imprisoned. They tell their extraordinary stories for the first time.

  • BACK TO THE FATHERLAND

    BACK TO THE FATHERLAND

    Dan, Guy und Gil – three young liberal Israelis emigrate to Germany and Austria. A move their families find incomprehensible. Why return to the land of the perpetrators? A process of emancipation. Life in Israel is stressful, but this is not the only reason why young people often turn their […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • FRANCO ON TRIAL – THE SPANISH NUREMBERG?

    FRANCO ON TRIAL – THE SPANISH NUREMBERG?

    So far no one has been brought to justice for crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War or Franco’s regime. Now, an Argentinean initiative has launched an attempt to prosecute officials. Will they succeed? It is one of the darkest chapters of European history: the genocide that took place in […]