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ZDF Enterprises distributes "Countdown to Surrender – The Last 100 Days" by Spiegel TV

Mainz, April 7th, 2020

ZDF Enterprises co-produced the Spiegel TV production "Countdown to Surrender – The Last 100 Days" and is now in charge of world distribution.

The 3x50' documentary series plus a 50' special was produced for and ZDF Enterprises and sheds light on the apocalyptic weeks before the end of the war in Europe.

The last 100 days before the end of the Second World War. The events take place from February 1945 onwards - until Hitler's suicide on 30 April and the unconditional surrender of the German armed forces on 8 May. This brings the war in Europe to an end after six years, 50 million deaths, the destruction of large parts of Europe and the genocide of the European Jews.

"Countdown to Surrender – The Last 100 Days" tells the story of this dramatic last 100 days of war based on the central events, but also brings to life scenes that are symbolic of the apocalyptic nature of the destruction. Leading historians such as Peter Longerich and Antony Beevor, experts such as Heike Görtemaker and T.G. Otte and young scientists such as Maren Röger and Mirko Drotschmann analyse the historical context and arrange the days along a timeline.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in the year 1993 as a 100 % private subsidiary of ZDF, one of the biggest and most renowned television broadcasters in Europe. On behalf of ZDF, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for worldwide program sales, the implementation of international co-productions, license purchasing for quality programs, marketing online rights and the merchandising of strong ZDF program brands. During the course of the process of development and diversification to date, it has been possible to incorporate a large number of business activities within the television and media industry within the ZDF Enterprises Group. Consequently, today ZDF Enterprises can offer a comprehensive, full-service offer that covers every step in the process of creation and utilisation of successful TV productions, from material development in all genres to production and then on to the marketing of television licenses, merchandising and online rights.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, 55127 Mainz/Germany, phone +49 6131-9911130, fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:,



Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


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