About the film
germany netherlands foreign occupation post-war years german history
Spielball der Weltpolitik – Als Elten niederländisch wurde
Release Date: July 05, 2021
|Genres||:||Documentary, TV Movie|
|Production Companies||:||Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion, WDR, ARTE|
|Producers||:||Jorge Bogalho, Reinhardt Beetz, Rebecca Zaubel, Nadine Neumann, Juliane Hribar|
It is an unknown chapter of the German post-war history: On April 23rd, 1949, the kingdom of the Netherlands occupied German soil as a pledge for demanded war reparations. Part of the annexed territories was also the small municipality of Elten. While the people of Elten were initially afraid of the occupation, the time “with Holland” actually became a miracle of prosperity and economy about which many people from Elten still rave today. The occupation period ended with the largest organized smuggling in the history of the federal republic of Germany. The Documentary shows this in never before released 8 mm footage!