Beate Thalberg's critically acclaimed documentary tells the story of two German families, whose ways first cross in the 1930s. Karl Amson Joel owned the fourth largest mail order company in...
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Beate Thalberg's critically acclaimed documentary tells the story of two German families, whose ways first cross in the 1930s. Karl Amson Joel owned the fourth largest mail order company in Germany, but has to leave Germany with is family due to his Jewish roots in 1933. Meanwhile, the Neckermann family gains his business empire by profiteering from the Nazi expropriation laws. Almost seventy years later, their descendants, among them pop star Billy Joel, meet in Vienna to confront themselves and each other with their common history...Written by
Although he Josef Neckermann was connected with some of the Nazis he was not encouraging what they were doing. When he received the company it was merely because someone else would have if he hadn't. After the war Josef Neckermann was put on trial at the Nuremberg trials, the Americans put all of the convicted into a similar sort of concentration camp. This was a little hypocritical, he was only let out when he was 90 pounds because they thought that he was going to die, this was immensely skinny for such a man he was more than 6 feet tall. After he was released from the "concentration" he had lost all his money and the company, He then started new and then he built the huge Neckermann company. Also later the Neckermann family paid the Joel family more than $2,000,000 dollars, more than Joel would ever have gotten for the company which he would have had to give up anyway.
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