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The Good Nazi

The Good Nazi

Monday, April 29, 2019 | 9pm ET/6pm PT

The Good Nazi is one of those rare films that weave science, history and extremely personal human stories.

In commemoration of Raoul Wallenberg Day (Jan. 17), VisionTV proudly presents The Good Nazi. Through testimony from scientists and Holocaust Survivors, this powerful new documentary co-produced by Simcha Jacobovici (The Naked Archeologist, The Lost Tomb of Jesus) and Felix Golubev, and co-directed by Ric Esther Bienstock and Yaron Niski, reconstructs the life of a Schindler-type Nazi who turned his back on the evil ideology to save hundreds of Jews

During the Holocaust, a Nazi major named Karl Plagge, arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania as part of the occupation force. When he saw that the SS was hellbent on murdering every Jewish man, woman and child, Plagge decided to save Jews, rather than murder them. So he ran a covert operation. On the surface, he was commandant of a forced labor camp called “HKP”. In reality, he was sheltering hundreds of Jewish families. By the end, many were saved in hiding places dug into the ground and carved into the walls. Many more were executed by the SS and buried in a mass grave.

Today, the former “HKP” – unchanged! – is home to impoverished Lithuanians. Because the government is about to tear down the site and put up condos instead, a group of scientists arrives to locate the hiding places of those that were saved and identify the mass grave of those who were murdered. A child survivor of the camp and an American physician, whose mother was saved by Major Plagge, join them. The film tracks their three stories and, ultimately, brings to light the unknown tale of a Schindler-type German who listened to his conscience, instead of his superiors.

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WATCH THE TRAILER

The Good Nazi – Trailer from Associated Producers Ltd. on Vimeo.

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Dr. Michael Good trying to locate the tunnel where, as a child during WWII, his mother hid from the Nazis, at the HKP camp in Lithuania.

The Good Nazi premieres Monday, Jan. 21 at 9pm ET on VisionTV.



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Director Ric Esther Bienstock, on location at the former HKP labour camp.

The Good Nazi premieres Mon., Jan. 21 at 9pm ET on VisionTV.



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University of Hartford Professor Richard Freund pouring over maps and drawings with his team, in an attempt to locate the secret tunnels at HKP, Lithuania, which saved hundreds of Jews.

The Good Nazi premieres Mon., Jan. 21 at 9pm ET on VisionTV.



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Dramatization of a Nazi soldier at the former HKP labour camp, Lithuania.

The Good Nazi premieres Mon., Jan. 21 at 9pm ET on VisionTV.



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During WWII, a child hides from the Nazis at the HKP labour camp. (Recreation at the actual site).

The Good Nazi premieres Mon., Jan. 21 at 9pm ET on VisionTV.



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Dramatization at the former HKP Nazi labour camp, Lithuania.

The Good Nazi premieres Mon., Jan. 21 at 9pm ET on VisionTV.







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Dr. Michael Good trying to locate the tunnel where, as a child during WWII, his mother hid from the Nazis, at the HKP camp in Lithuania.

The Good Nazi premieres Mon., Jan. 21, at 9pm ET on VisionTV.



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In an attempt to locate a mass grave at the former HKP Nazi labour camp in Lithuania, Geophysicists Paul Bauman and Alastair McClymont use GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar).

The Good Nazi premieres Mon., Jan. 21 at 9pm ET on VisionTV.



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Holocaust survivor, Sidney Handler, returns to HKP where, as a child, he hid from the Nazi SS.

The Good Nazi premieres Mon., Jan. 21 at 9pm ET on VisionTV.



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During WWII, a child hides from the Nazis at the HKP labour camp. (Recreation at the actual site).

The Good Nazi premieres Mon., Jan. 21 at 9pm ET on VisionTV.



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A toy wagon, made of wood, found inside a hiding place at the former Nazi labour camp, HKP, Lithuania.

The Good Nazi premieres Mon., Jan. 21 at 9pm ET on VisionTV.



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