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Old 01-19-2018, 02:09 PM   #16
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the story of the documentary is interesting : this is due to a contact with another journalist that Isabelle contacted me, and the first thing i did is to advice her to go to Geof website and check his book (she bought it almost immediately).
Then i adviced her books, ideas and contacts, amongst them a few other WAF members and guys like Xavier Aiolfi.
We also provided some period documentation (postcards, books etc) that was used in her research.

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Why, thank you, Vince! Thibaut and Isabelle didn't tell me how they knew of my webpage or book, so I didn't know I owed the reference to you!
Was it you who referred them also to Robert Brandner?

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Old 01-19-2018, 08:20 PM   #17
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Hello Geof,

well, actually anyone interested in the Third Reich must know your website and work anyway, it is mandatory ! ^_^

Here is basically the content of the email i sent on January 18, 2016 to her after the first contact by phone : people to contact/read and ideas.

- Geof (website + book + "live" visits)
- various period books (incl. Hoffmann)
- various books on HQ (Hoffmann, Seidler) + "Foxley" report book
- story of the looting of the Berghof area (artefacts in French museums given by 2e DB, amongst them the War Museum in the Invalides)
- business of "relics" of Berghof area (+ fakes/wrongly identified items), Aiolfi
- 2e DB French veteran still alive (Balembois)
- WAF & Alsatian collectors specialized on Berghof items (amongst them specialist CPB, postcards collection of Franck incl. Berghof piggy bank & "AH Wahlheimat" book etc)
- Degrelle ashes scandal (finally dispersed at the Berghof by Vermeire)

I don't thing i gave the name of Robert. Isabelle told me that she heard of you first of a National Geographic documentary you worked on (?).

The first thing Isabelle did was to order your book. ^_^

Then i meet her & her coworkers a few times in Paris to give her books and other stuff.

Actually i think that the most essential work i did was to "confirm" which people could be interesting to contact/read due to my own personal work on the subject.

We talked of other "ideas of documentaries", i tried my best to promote some on "the business of real/fake Third Reich militaria items", "Operation Reinhard" and "Unit 731" (vomit alert)...

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Old 01-20-2018, 01:10 AM   #18
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Very interesting documentary. Quite extraordinary demonstration of German technical prowess. I rather wonder though whether historians of the future will look upon the current fashion of destroying anything to do with the Third Reich as little more than vandalism. As an analogy, it is estimated that more than a million people died horrific deaths in the Colosseum in Rome. Yet if anyone suggests bulldozing the building as affront to humanity, all hell would break lose. Further, our understanding of the Roman state would have been badly affected by its destruction. I rather think that historians in the centuries to come will feel the same about the destruction of such buildings as the Obersalzberg.
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Eddie - Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Geoff - Great seeing you in the documentary. Thought you did a really nice job bringing out a lot of interesting history from the area.

As someone who has visited Berchtesgaden several times, I really enjoyed seeing an in-depth show on many of the important historical sites. The "Then/Now" approach to the area really brings the history to life. Wish their was a little more on the Hotel zum Türken. This hotel has a very interesting history of its own and is one of the few remaining structures still intact.

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Thank you for the recommendation, now watching it!
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Hello Geof,

well, actually anyone interested in the Third Reich must know your website and work anyway, it is mandatory ! ^_^

Here is basically the content of the email i sent on January 18, 2016 to her after the first contact by phone : people to contact/read and ideas.

- Geof (website + book + "live" visits)
- various period books (incl. Hoffmann)
- various books on HQ (Hoffmann, Seidler) + "Foxley" report book
- story of the looting of the Berghof area (artefacts in French museums given by 2e DB, amongst them the War Museum in the Invalides)
- business of "relics" of Berghof area (+ fakes/wrongly identified items), Aiolfi
- 2e DB French veteran still alive (Balembois)
- WAF & Alsatian collectors specialized on Berghof items (amongst them specialist CPB, postcards collection of Franck incl. Berghof piggy bank & "AH Wahlheimat" book etc)
- Degrelle ashes scandal (finally dispersed at the Berghof by Vermeire)

I don't thing i gave the name of Robert. Isabelle told me that she heard of you first of a National Geographic documentary you worked on (?).

The first thing Isabelle did was to order your book. ^_^

Then i meet her & her coworkers a few times in Paris to give her books and other stuff.

Actually i think that the most essential work i did was to "confirm" which people could be interesting to contact/read due to my own personal work on the subject.

We talked of other "ideas of documentaries", i tried my best to promote some on "the business of real/fake Third Reich militaria items", "Operation Reinhard" and "Unit 731" (vomit alert)...

See You

Vince
Vince – kudos to you my friend for putting the show's creators in touch with the right people. The end result is excellent, and it's nice to see a documentary with this attention to detail and that actually tells (and shows) you something new.

Geoff, I think you did a great job!

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Wish their was a little more on the Hotel zum Türken. This hotel has a very interesting history of its own and is one of the few remaining structures still intact.
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Amen! Unfortunately, the Scharfenberg policy - which I cannot argue with - has long been NO FILMING. So, the fascinating history of the Türken exists on film only in illegally-made films of the Bunker and hotel interior. Frau Ingrid Scharfenberg told me that German TV used to knock on her door once a year, with flowers in hand, requesting permission to film. She ALWAYS turned them down.
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Amen! Unfortunately, the Scharfenberg policy - which I cannot argue with - has long been NO FILMING. So, the fascinating history of the Türken exists on film only in illegally-made films of the Bunker and hotel interior. Frau Ingrid Scharfenberg told me that German TV used to knock on her door once a year, with flowers in hand, requesting permission to film. She ALWAYS turned them down.
Hi Geoff,

Interesting - I wasn't aware of the family policy. I do miss Frau Scharfenberg, met her several times over the years. She was a very sweet and kind woman. I just met Monika for the first time in 2016. She was a wonderful host as well.

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