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documentary

History | Politics

OTTO SKORZENY

hitler’s scarface

He was the managing director of a Viennese scaffolding company

- and became the alleged “most dangerous man in

Europe”!

He repeatedly committed war crimes in World War II - but a War

Crimes Tribunal proclaimed him innocent!

He remained a fanatical National Socialist until his death - and

became a global media phenomenon, particularly in the countries

of his former enemies!

His name was Otto Skorzeny, member of the Waffen-SS and

famous for freeing Mussolini from Gran Sasso. For the first time,

this film tells the true story of the man from Vienna many inaccurately

regard as an example of “a good, a brave, an honourable

Nazi”, based on his recently released secret intelligence

agency files and his personal estate.

AUSTRIA’S TOP FILM AND TV PRODUCERS OF DOCUMENTARIES

length

50 minutes

writer and director

robert gokl

producer

heinrich mayer

executive producer

rudolf klingohr

year

2010

format

HDTV

version

english and german

in production


documentary

History | Politics

OTTO SKORZENY

hitler’s scarface

Otto Skorzeny was one of Hitler's most elusive “craftsmen of war”. Born in Vienna in 1908, he

was appointed commander of the newly established SS special units in 1943 and tasked with a

new kind of warfare: fast special operation strikes with air support that could hit even far behind

enemy lines. That same year, Skorzeny became both famous and feared around the world due to

the spectacular liberation of dictator Benito Mussolini from the Gran Sasso mountain in the Italian

Abruzzo region. Broad dueling scars from his student days gave him his nom de guerre: Scarface.

To the secret services of the Allied forces, he was “the most dangerous man in Europe.” Until the

end of the war, Skorzeny was Hitler's “most favorite command soldier”. He received the orders for

his most daring missions from no one but the Führer himself: after Mussolini's liberation, the capture

of Hungarian dictator Miklós Horthy, for example, or the creation of an American-uniformed

Waffen-SS unit to sabotage behind Allied lines during the Ardennes offensive. Even aiding in the

development of special arms, Skorzeny fought doggedly to the end to avert the Third Reich's

defeat. He was also critically involved in the organization of the “Werwolf” Nazi resistance combat

force.

Skorzeny's special operations had a decisive impact on the course of World War II. Even more effective

than any of his missions, however, was the Skorzeny myth. German propaganda turned him

into an archetypal “Aryan war hero”: far superior to his opponents, never shrinking from any task,

Hitler's “one-man secret weapon”, a kind of Nazi “James Bond”. Many still expected him to score

a crucial surprise coup during the final stage of the war, a last-minute twist that would turn everything

around, such as assassinating the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces, General Dwight

D. Eisenhower, amidst his general staff in Paris. The mission never took place and was never seriously

planned. However, the rumors about it made the name Skorzeny a myth on both sides of the

front. Across the world, Skorzeny above all others represents the idealization of the “upright

German warrior” - respected equally by friend and foe - and is held in high esteem in radical rightwing

and military circles to this day.

Apart from his myth, Skorzeny himself survived the war, though his voluntary surrender to the

Americans and his subsequent acquittal from all charges at a war crimes trial in Dachau, Germany,

only fueled his myth all the more.

To avoid the possibility of further trials in Germany, Skorzeny fled to Generalissimo Franco's Spain

where he died in 1975. A group of former National Socialists and neo-Nazis brought Skorzeny's ashes

to Vienna where, after a triumphal procession, they interred them at the Döbling graveyard. Even

his last journey was turned into a political affair: a gathering of Nazis old and young at their hero's

final place of rest, a pathetic funeral procession, suspiciously watched but ultimately tolerated by the

Austrian state police. The man Otto Skorzeny is dead but his myth endures to this day. Men around

the world still dream of his adventures, read his books, compete with their role model in state-ofthe-art

3D computer games, and will even buy a Skorzeny puppet as an object of admiration.

For further information please contact

HEINRICH MAYER

Interspot Film-Ges.m.b.H

A-1230 Vienna

Walter-Jurmann-Gasse 4

phone: + 43 1 | 80 120-420

fax: + 43 1 | 80 120-222

e-mail: mayer@interspot.at

www.interspot.at

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