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Human Failure (Menschliches Versagen)

Human Failure
"Human Failure" (artwork courtesy of Sentana Film)

The expropriation of the German Jews benefitted virtually every other German citizen.

It was not the Gestapo who invaded Jewish residences in order to confiscate all assets - from bank accounts to the last shirt - it was the German tax officials.

A bizarre competition evolved between bureaucrats as to how one should organize the robbery of the Jews before they were expelled or sent to the gas chambers.

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.

A search for traces...
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2008
Director Michael Verhoeven
Screenplay Michael Verhoeven, Luise Lindermair
Cinematography Britta Becker
Gabriele Kroeber
Sami Hammi
Producer Michael Verhoeven
Production Company Sentana Filmproduktion, in co-production with WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR
Runtime 90 min
Format color
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Jerusalem 2009
Awards Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Chairman's Award Jerusalem 2009
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW
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