War Criminal Prison No. 1

 

Documentary film, 52 min.

Production: Colonia Media in cooperation with BR and WDR

 

Director/Script:

Lutz Hachmeister

Assistant Directors

Malika Rabahallah, Christian Wagener

Director of Photography:

Hans Fromm

Editors:

Beate Schlanstein (WDR), Meggy Steffens (BR)

Cutter:

Guido Krajewski

Sound:

Ulla Kösterke

Sound Mix:

Bavaria Production Services

 

First Broadcast: January 18, 2002, WDR

 

Nominated for the Grimme Award 2003

 

 

 

 

Synopsis

 

The Landsberg Prison, where Adolf Hitler had written large parts of his manifesto "Mein Kampf", became the American "War Criminal Prison No.1" in 1947, holding many representatives of the Nazi elite captive. In this documentary, Lutz Hachmeister shows how the inmates used the time of their imprisonment to make arrangements for their future in the newly founded Federal Republic of Germany.

 

As the first contemporary historian, Lutz Hachmeister has been allowed to investigate the Landsberg prison records at the U.S. National Archive in Washington D.C. – making this film a unique look into a secret parallel world.