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'Stauffenberg - The True Story'

ZDF enterprises to distribute HD drama-documentary on Valkyrie coup

Mainz, 1st October 2008

As of today, ZDF Enterprises is proud to include yet another important historical docu-drama in its sales catalogue: [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de/en/stauffenberg_the_true_story.15796.htm Stauffenberg - The True Story].

For once the title is fully deserved. This is as close as you can get to the July Plot, to Stauffenberg, and his motives for trying to kill Hitler. Claus von Stauffenberg's son, nephew, and the last eyewitnesses to Operation Valkyrie tell their stories.

We follow Stauffenberg minute by minute, closing in on Hitler at the Wolf's Lair - and later launching Operation Valkyrie in Berlin to overthrow the Nazi regime.

We learn: how tough it was to get close to Hitler - and why a wounded battle veteran with one eye and three fingers was the only man in Germany in a position both to kill Hitler and topple his government.

The 'star' of the 52' HD film is 86-year-old Ewald von Kleist, then a 22-year-old conspirator. He describes Stauffenberg's inspiring leadership, and recalls the last desperate hours of the Valkyrie coup. (Kleist is a genuine hero. He had himself planned to kill Hitler in a suicide attack, until allied bombs forced the meeting's cancellation).

The film is high in tension, emotion and unexpected humour, as it recounts Stauffenberg's journey from German patriot and passionate soldier, to resistant and would-be assassin - to his death on the night of the putsch. This is a rounded portrait of a man who teased and provoked his friends and fellow-officers, 'always playing devil's advocate', as his daughter recalls. For a long time he held back from the Resistance. But once he decided to act, he went further than anyone else could go.

Historian Richard Overy is our guide through the historical background.

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**About ZDF Enterprises**
Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all program acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast program library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming. ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programs, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its program properties in all key product categories. Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognized program brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

**Contact ZDF Enterprises**
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. 0049 6131-991228, fax 0049 6131-991229, e-mail: [mailto:denilauler.c@zdf.de denilauler.c@zdf.de], [http://www.zdf-enterprises.de www.zdf-enterprises.de].

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Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

Phone
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
Fax
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
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55127 Mainz | Germany