The expropriation of assets from German Jews during the Third Reich benefited virtually every German citizen. It was not only the Gestapo who invaded Jewish residences to confiscate all property, from bank accounts to the last item of clothing, it was the German tax officials.
A competition evolved between bureaucrats as to how to organize the robbery of the Jews before they were expelled, or sent to their deaths.
Larger assets went to the tax offices, and the smaller assets and goods were sold to friends and neighbors in public auctions of "Non-Aryan" property.
Many of the documents proving this expropriation were lost or destroyed; the ones that remained were hidden away.
Using first-hand accounts, award-winning filmmaker Michael Verhoeven ("The White Rose", "The Nasty Girl") goes on a search to unearth evidence documenting once of the greatest robberies in human history.
Menemsha Films is proud to announce our latest films to be released on DVD, available in stores Tuesday, May 1st!
Anita is a heart-warming film from renowned filmmaker Marcos Carnevale (director of Elsa and Fred). The film stars Academy Award nominated actress Norma Aleandro (called the "Meryl Streep" of Argentina), and introduces Alejandra Manzo as Anita, a young woman with Down syndrome who must learn to survive in Buenos Aires after being separated from her mother following the 1994 AMIA terrorist bombing. This inspirational film has captured the hearts of US audiences, having won 10 awards from film festivals across the country.
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Human Failure is a powerful, award-winning documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Michael Verhoeven (director of "The White Rose" and "The Nasty Girl"). The expropriation of assets from German Jews during the Third Reich benefited virtually every German citizen, and many of the documents proving this expropriation were lost or destroyed; the ones that remained were hidden away. Using first-hand accounts, Human Failure goes on a search to unearth evidence documenting once of the greatest robberies in human history.
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German film director Michael Verhoeven, who is currently here as a guest of the Jerusalem Film Festival, is known in Israel mainly by virtue of one film: his sharp satire "The Nasty Girl" from 1990, which tells the story of Sonja, a high school student in a small German town who decides to write an article that will reveal the deeds of the town's inhabitants during the Third Reich. At first the townspeople object politely to Sonja's intention to reveal their past, and when politeness proves unproductive they employ violence against her. This excellent film was an international success, won many prizes and was nominated for an Oscar in the best foreign film category.Read more