(Poland) US Film Makers Chasing Holocaust trove of Looted Stamps May Face Charges #Poland #Holocaust #Stolen Artifacts #poland #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen




A team of 7 US award-winning film makers went to western Poland to research a World War ll 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 film makers had checked with Wahlmann’s children and obtained confirmation of  the address where the collection was supposedly hidden as the Nazis fled.


The regional prosecutor said the film crew failed to obtain the required permit for their excavation work and that the police were investigating their activities in the basement. The apartment building is considered to have historical value as it dates from the late 19th century.

The filmmakers could face charges of unauthorized excavation work, punishable by up to two years in prison


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


This was not the filmmakers first attempt to access the building’s basement, In 2015 they pretended to film a simple love story and concealed their true intentions.


To read more see:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/movies/2020/02/14/us-film-crew-chasing-holocaust-era-story-poland-may-face-charges/4762724002/


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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