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Summary: The true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, counterfeiter extraordinaire and bohemian who was in captured by the Nazis in 1944. He agrees to help the Nazis in an organized counterfeiting operation set up to finance the war effort. It was the biggest counterfeit-money scam of all time. Over 130 million pounds sterling were printed under conditions that couldn't have been more tragic or spectacular. During the last years of the war, as the German Reich saw that the end was near, the authorities decided to produce their own banknotes in the currencies of their major war enemies. They hoped to use the duds to flood the enemy economy and fill the empty war coffers. At the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, two barracks were separated from the rest of the camp and the outside world, and transformed into a fully equipped counterfeiters workshop. "Operation Bernhard" was born. Prisoners were brought to Sachsenhausen from other camps to implement the plan, and professional printers, fastidious bank officials, and simple craftsmen all became members of the top-secret counterfeiter crew. They had a choice: If they cooperated with the enemy, they had a chance to survive as first-class prisoners in a "golden cage" with enough to eat and a bed to sleep in. If they sabotaged the operation, a sure death awaited them. For the counterfeiters, it was not only a question of saving their own lives, but also about saving their conscience as well... (Sony Classics)
Runtime: 98 min
Rating: Rated R for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language.
Production: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
Genres: Drama, Crime, War
Countries: Germany, Austria
Languages: English, German, Russian, Hebrew
Home Release Date: Aug 5, 2008
Director Credit
Stefan Ruzowitzky Director
Writer Credit
Adolf Burger Book "The Devil's Workshop"
Stefan Ruzowitzky Screenplay
Cast Credit
Andreas Schmidt Zilinski
August Diehl Adolf Burger
August Zirner Dr. Klinger
Bernd Raucamp KZ-Insasse Dusche
Devid Striesow Sturmbannführer Friedrich Herzog
Dirk Prinz SS-Wache
Gode Benedix 1. KZ-Insasse
Karl Markovics Salomon 'Sally' Sorowitsch
Lenn Kudrjawizki Loszek
Martin Brambach Hauptscharführer Holst
Norman Stoffregen Abramovic
Oliver Kanter 2. KZ-Insasse
Sebastian Urzendowsky Kolya Karloff
Tilo Prückner Dr. Viktor Hahn
Veit Stübner Atze
Producer Credit
Babette Schröder Producer
Caroline von Senden Co-Producer
Charlie Woebcken Co-Producer
Christoph Fisser Co-Producer
Henning Molfenter Co-Producer
Josef Aichholzer Producer
Nina Bohlmann Producer
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