The German Titanic

Before the British A Night to Remember and the James Cameron blockbuster Titanic there was a German version of the story which was made by the Nazis during World War Two. Joseph Goebbels, mastermind of propaganda, hand-picked the director, Herbert Selpin, and gave him a staggeringly large budget to make the movie. Selpin in turn picked the screenwriter (who was also his best friend), a man named Walter Zerlett-Olfenius. The two men eventually clashed and Selpin made the fatal mistake of disparaging the German naval personnel who were helping out on the film. Olfenius reported his remarks to the Gestapo and Selpin was arrested and died while in custody. Another victim of the Titanic!

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