US film crew chasing Poland Holocaust story may face charges
AP

US film crew chasing Poland Holocaust story may face charges

  • Updated

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A team of U.S. award-winning documentary filmmakers pursuing a Holocaust-era story in western Poland could face charges of unauthorized excavation work, punishable by up to two years in prison, a Polish prosecutor said Friday.

Seven filmmakers, mostly from Los Angeles, are researching a World War II story about a collection of valuable postage stamps seized from Jews and reportedly hidden in a basement in 1945 by a German Nazi officer, Rudolf Wahlmann.

The filmmakers talked to Wahlmann's children and obtained confirmation of the address where the collection was supposedly hidden as the Nazis fled the advancing Soviet army. The team includes Academy Award-winning producers and directors Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman.

Regional prosecutor Radoslaw Wrebiak said the film crew failed to obtain the required permit for their excavation work and that police in the western city of Legnica were investigating their activities in the basement of an apartment building dating back to the late 19th century and considered to have historical value.

The filmmakers said on Facebook that the aim of their “Liegnitz Plot” project is to “confirm the story, recover the stamps, and return them to their rightful owners,” in remembrance of the 6 million Holocaust victims.

When the filmmakers first sought access to the basement, in 2015, they pretended to be filming a simple love story and concealed their true intentions. According to local media, their deception undermined the trust of the building's residents.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Related to this story

Most Popular

  • Updated

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Charles Portis, a favorite among critics and writers for such shaggy dog stories as "Norwood" and "Gringos" and a bounty for Hollywood whose droll, bloody Western "True Grit" was a best-seller twice adapted into Oscar nominated films, died Monday at age 86.

  • Updated

NEW YORK (AP) — The redesigned “Sonic the Hedgehog” showed plenty of teeth at the box office, speeding to a $57 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday, while “Parasite” saw one of the largest post-Oscars bumps in years following its best picture win.

  • Updated

PARIS (AP) — The entire leadership of the Cesar Awards, France's version of the Oscars, has stepped down in a spat over both its opaque decision-making process and controversial director Roman Polanski, whose new film leads this year's nominations.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News