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The Counterfeiters
Die Fälscher
DieFalscherCover.jpg
Movie Poster
Country AUT.jpg Austria
GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky
Release Date March 22, 2007
Language English
French
German
Hebrew
Russian
Studio Magnolia Filmproduktion
Aichholzer Filmproduktion
Beta Cinema
Studio Babelsberg
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
Distributor Universum Film (UFA)
Filmladen
Main Cast
Character Actor
Salomon Sorowitsch Karl Markovics
Adolf Burger August Diehl
Friedrich Herzog Devid Striesow
SS-Hauptscharführer Holst Martin Brambach
Dr. Klinger August Zirner
Atze Veit Stübner
Kolja Sebastian Urzendowsky
Hans Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey
Rosenthal Werner Daehn


The Counterfeiters is a 2007 Austrian-German movie directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky and is based on a real event and deals with the largest money counterfeiting program of the Nazis during World War II, Aktion Bernhard. Master forger Salomon Sorowitsch is arrested by Commissar Herzog in 1936 and sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp but comes to terms with the circumstances. He receives preferential treatment from his tormentors, making small drawings, portraits, and later entire murals for them. In 1944, he is transferred to Sachsenhausen - and fears that he will now have to die. But Herzog has other plans for him. Sorowitsch was to take part in a secret operation to counterfeit enemy money, imitating British pounds and American dollars. He gets help from other imprisoned specialists: Adolf Burger, Kolja Karloff, and Zilinski are among them.

On February 24, 2008, the film won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film which was the first Oscar ever for an Austrian entry.


The following weapons were used in the film The Counterfeiters:


Pistols

Walther P38

SS-Hauptscharführer (Master Sergeant) Holst (Martin Brambach) and SS-Sturmbannführer (Major) Friedrich Herzog (Devid Striesow) can be seen using Walther P38 pistols with black grips. At the end of the movie, Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) and Adolf Burger (August Diehl) handle Herzog's Walther.

Walther P38 with black grips - 9x19mm
Holst executes a KZ inmate with his Walther.
Friedrich Herzog spins a 9x19mm cartridge around next to his P38.
A view of the Walther's top side.
Herzog's pistol lies on a table next to Sorowitsch.
Adolf Burger brandishes the pistol.

Submachine Guns

MP40

Most members of the Waffen SS are armed with MP40s.

Maschinenpistole 40 - 9x19mm
An SS-Schütze (Private) with an MP40 in the background.
Another MP40 held by an SS-Unterscharführer (Sergeant).
Three KZ inmates holds their captured MP40s.

Rifles

Karabiner 98k

The Karabiner 98k is used by some Waffen SS guards.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The police officer to the left holds his Karabiner.
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Self liberated KZ inmates armed with captured Kar98ks.

Mauser Puška vz. 24

A German policeman is seen with a VZ-24 Czech Mauser rifle which is an anachronism because this scene takes place in 1936; two years before the German occupation of Czechoslovakia.

Puška vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The rifle is seen to the right. Note the rear sight surrounded by wood, grasping groove, and Kar98k-style bolt handle which is a WWII feature.
Another distant view of the rifle reveals the under-mounted sling swivels. The slightly longer barrel compared to the Karabiner 98k can be seen.

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