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The Odessa File (1974)

Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, a journalist in possession of the man's diary investigates the alleged sighting of a former SS captain, who allegedly commanded a concentration camp during WWII.

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Frau Miller
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Sigi
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Klaus Wenzer
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David Porath
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Gustav Mackensen
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Alfred Oster
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General Glücks
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Simon Wiesenthal (as Schmuel Rodensky)
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Werner Deilman
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Kunik (as Gunter Strack)
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Franz Bayer
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Storyline

After reading the diary of an elderly Jewish man who committed suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller begins to investigate the alleged sighting of a former SS-Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually finds himself involved with the powerful organization of former SS members, called ODESSA, as well as with the Israeli secret service. Miller probes deeper and eventually discovers a link between the SS-Captain, ODESSA, and his own family. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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There was an organization called ODESSA. This story is based on real incidents. For obvious reasons, names and places have been changed. See more »

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18 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Akta Odessy  »

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Trivia

Eduard Roschmann was a real-life wanted war criminal living in South America. He became even more wanted after the book and movie, and he turned up dead, rumoured to have been killed by Odessa to stop the search for him that the media had begun. See more »

Goofs

Peter Miller infiltrates the Odessa organization by claiming to have been a member of the firing squad which executed Admiral Canaris at Flossenburg concentration camp in April 1945. Canaris was hanged on the gallows rather than shot for his role in the attempted coup against Hitler in July 1944. Franz Bayer who interviewed Miller and accepted his story would have known this and therefore deduced he was an imposter and didn't serve at Flossenburg as an SS guard. See more »

Quotes

[Miller is trying to sell his editor a story based on the diary]
Hoffmann: No one wants to read about Jews.
Peter Miller: They were GERMANS!
Hoffmann: They were German Jews.
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Referenced in The Passions of Carol (1975) See more »

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Schwarzbraun ist die Haselnuss
("Black Brown is the hazelnut") (uncredited)
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[Sung at the soldiers' reunion]
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Nasty Nazis are just beneath the surface
28 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

A great story, which combines twisted plots, chase scenes and the deadly combination of history and the present. One is utterly compelled to wonder exactly how fictional this story is, and also how such an organisation could operate beneath the veneer of respectability. There is no doubt that the motives of all the chief characters are distinct, and the plot forces one to watch as Muller tries to break into the seemingly impenetrable organisation. His journey to find the answers he is looking for, and all due to stopping on the side of the road for a couple of minutes to listen to the radio makes one also wonder what else is out there that should be revealed, but due to cover ups and apathy hasn't been!


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