HISTORY

  • 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 CRIMEA THROUGH THE AGES

    THE CRIMEA THROUGH THE AGES

    For thousands of years, the Crimean peninsula has been home to numerous peoples who have all left their mark on the region. 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.

  • CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    CRIME NOVELS AND THE THIRD REICH

    They write 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. The film shows the three writers Dominique Manotti, Philip Kerr and Volker Kutscher at work in Berlin, New York, Paris, London and Cologne.

  • JEFF CARNEY – US AIRMAN TURNED STASI SPY

    JEFF CARNEY – US AIRMAN TURNED STASI SPY

    Der als Lausch-Spezialist der NSA in West-Berlin stationierte junge Sergeant „Jeffrey Carney“ verriet ab 1983 dem DDR-Staatssicherheitsdienst Top-Geheimnisse der USA. Carney avancierte in kürzester Zeit zu einem der wichtigsten Agenten des Ostblocks. Sein Deckname „Kid“. Eine beispiellose Verräter-Karriere vor dem Hintergrund des Kalten Krieges. 

  • NERO – PLEA FOR A MONSTER

    NERO – PLEA FOR A MONSTER

    Nero is one of the most controversial rulers of ancient Rome. For a long time he was considered a narcissistic madman, who persecuted Christians and set fire to Rome. But recent research disproves many of the accusations made against Nero. Was he the victim of a systematic smear campaign? A dramatically presented historical investigation.

  • THE VIETNAM WAR – A WOMEN’S VICTORY

    THE VIETNAM WAR – A WOMEN’S VICTORY

    Nearly half of the soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War were women, but to this day little is known about their role in the conflict. With previously unpublished film material and fascinating interviews with the women veterans and historians, this film tells their story and for the first time describes their impact on Vietnamese society today.

  • THE RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS – RESCUING JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST

    THE RIGHTEOUS AMONG THE NATIONS – RESCUING JEWS DURING THE HOLOCAUST

    “Whoever saves a life is considered as if he saved an entire world,” says the Talmud. Wherever there were Nazis who disenfranchised and persecuted Jews, there were also people who came to the aid of their Jewish neighbours. They were few, but nonetheless they were there. Unlike most, these people did not turn a blind eye. We tell three stories of people from Poland, the Netherlands and Germany who saved the lives of Jews during the Nazi regime even though they were putting their own lives at risk.

  • FOOTPRINTS TO THE PAST

    FOOTPRINTS TO THE PAST

    An adventurous scientific experiment that offers a unique perspective: for the first time, European archaeologists and trackers from the Kalahari Desert work side by side. By working collaboratively, they hope to make sense of mysterious footprints left by humans during the last Ice Age in caves in southwest France.

  • LUTHER’S CRIME

    LUTHER’S CRIME

    2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his sensational Ninety-Five Theses to the doors of the Castle Church of Wittenberg. At the time, he was just an unimportant monk, but he had a tool that gave him untold popularity: the printing press. Join us on a journey back to the mysterious events that took place 500 years ago!

  • JUNIOR AND THE SWAN

    JUNIOR AND THE SWAN

    October 1998. In the last Cold War spy trial, three US citizens were convicted of working as agents for East Germany: Kurt Stand (“Junior”), his wife Theresa Squillacote (“Swan”), and James Clark (“the Professor”). The verdict ended their long careers as “Kundschafter”. Very few Americans sympathised with Communist East Germany. Spying for the country was unthinkable. Why did these three individuals believe they were fighting for a just cause?

  • STALIN’S DEATH – THE END OF AN ERA

    STALIN’S DEATH – THE END OF AN ERA

    Stalin’s death marked a unique historical turning point in the mid-20 th century. For the first time ever, Stalin’s last body double tells his incredible story.

  • TEMPLE OF EMOTIONS – THE MARACANÃ STADIUM IN RIO DE JANEIRO

    TEMPLE OF EMOTIONS – THE MARACANÃ STADIUM IN RIO DE JANEIRO

    FIFA World Cup 2014: All eyes are on Brazil – and on the legendary Maracanã, one of the largest stadiums in the world.