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The Woman who Knew Too Much: A  Cold Case from the Cold War
Year: 2015
Run-Time: 1 x 45 min.

Directed by Klaus T. Steindl

A co-production by ORF and epo-film in association with the Austrian Television Fund, Land Niederösterreich and BMBF
Available worldwide

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (SUB TITLE)
Format: 16:9

The Woman who Knew Too Much: A Cold Case from the Cold War

Spiel mit dem Feuer - Der Fall Margarethe Ottillinger

Brilliant young Austrian economist Margarethe Ottillinger was arrested on 5th November 1948, crossing a bridge between the Soviet and American zones in post-war Vienna. It was a classic Cold War kidnapping. Ottilinger had been researching the Soviet exploitation of Austrian industry, but even after her release from a Russian prison seven years later, she never learned the official reason for her detention and torture. The rumour persisted that she was sacrificed by her boss and lover, the Austrian economics minister Peter Krauland. He had a Nazi past and there was evidence of a complicated web of corruption and political conspiracy. Using latest revelations from Russian and Austrian archives, this film turns a tragic personal story into an iconic account of Cold War deceit and skullduggery.


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