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2 August 2019 -- We have JUST ADDED two original A3 posters for Karl Ritter's Luftwaffe films, Pour le Mérite (1938) and Legion Condor (1939, unfinished). Both original  1938/1939 full-colour Ufa film posters are listed for sale in one Lot, with a gratis copy of our new book on Legion Condor included.  SCROLL below to find the posters and the ADD TO CART button.


18 August 2019 –   WHAT WE HAVE FOR SALE AT THIS TIME (scroll below for  all 8 item descriptions, pricing,  and 'ADD TO CART'  buttons):.


1. The stunningly beautiful poster for the Uƒa film, ...reitet für Deutschland / ... riding for Germany  (1941), starring Willy Birgel. This is a full–sized "A0" poster (1.1 meters x .85 meters/47  inches x 33 inches), and in very good overall condition. It has been mounted on linen to smooth out all fold lines and to protect it; and is one of the nicest–looking posters we have ever offered. Read more about it by scrolling down below.

2. The complete original Ufa film studio 1933 annual movie release presentation kit for cinema owners, including the very first promotional material on Hitlerjunge Quex and over 20 other films.

3. Original Italian 'Fotobusta' sized poster for In the Red Hell  (Carmen fra i Rossi, 1939/1940). The film was recently released on DVD with English subtitles by International Historic Films in Chicago, USA.

4.\5. Two of our older books still in print, Karl Ritter – His Life and 'Zeitfilms' under National Socialism (2nd expanded edition, 2014) –and–  The Making of The Crew of the Dora (Besatzung Dora,1942.)

6. Our new book Legion Condor – Karl Ritter's lost 1939 feature film is available for PRE–ORDER below. NOW SHIPPING!  Be amongst the first to have this fascinating and informative book –  a true piece of unknown film history.

7.  A Manhattan, New York City ultra-rare cinema ticket for the German cinema in Yorkville presenting the early Nazi propaganda film, SA Mann Brand, in 1934.

8. The 11 x 17 inch (A3 size) original 1934 Ufa film studio window poster, printed on sturdy cardboard, for the Gustav Ucicky film Refugees (Flüchtlinge) which was chosen as the film of the year by Dr. Goebbels. A propaganda film starring Hans Albers. A beautiful graphic art design!


9 October 2018  We have just added the super–rare 1933/1934 Ufa film HJ0.jpgstudio production presentation box set sent to German cinema owners to promote the forthcoming releases, including Hitlerjunge Quex, Flüchtlinge, Gold, and 24 other feature films. This set is the first–ever announcement about these films! Scroll BELOW to find this remarkable set listing. 


We have also found, after nearly a four year search, a second original 1939 Italian Fotobusta poster for the anti-Bolshevik film by Edgar Neville, CARMEN FRA I ROSSI / FRENTE DE MADRID / IN L1070639.jpgDER ROTEN HÖLLE (In the Red Hell, as just released with English subtitles by International Historic Films, Chicago).




16 April 2018: We have just added an extremely rare 1934 cinema ticket for the Nazi Party's first feature film on the "Movement," SA MANN BRAND. The ticket is not from a German cinema, but from the 96th Street Theater in Manhattan, the Yorkville neighbourhood where many German immigrants lived. The ticket is truly a unique piece of NS film propaganda. We offer it as well as the film's 'Illustrierte Film–Kurier' 8 page German language cinema program. SCROLL below to find the listing.

9 November 2017: We have today sold the press–book and the film still first listed on 14 October.

14 October 2017: We have added the original studio press-book for the Friedrich the Great film by Veit Harlan, Der Große König as well as an original 1940 film still from the Harlan film, Jud Süss.  

12 August 2017: The Traub booklet has just sold. Now only the 2 posters and our 2 books remain in stock....

2 August 2017We have just sold both the poster for DIE ÄFFARE RÖDERN, as well as the French press–book for the Veit Harlan film JUD SÜß.

2 June 2017: In the past month we have sold through our Poster Store the impossible–to–find–another original 1933 poster for the important and now lost propaganda film Blutendes Deutschland, the Lot of very rare Hitlerjunge Quex film promotional materials; the also very rare autographed photo of Karl Ritter, and now have just three remaining NS film posters to offer: the exceedingly rare wartime Occupied Belgian poster for Hitlerjunge Quex, the beautiful, late war (1944) film poster for the Prussian military melodrama Die Affäre Rödern, and the small window poster for the Hans Albers film - which was awarded the 1934 National Film Prize by the Propaganda Ministry – Flüchtlinge. We also offer the original French press–book for the Veit Harlan film Jud Süss / Le juif Suss. Don't hesitate to order and know that you have reserved and acquired these rare film treasures before they are sold to someone else. Thank you for your custom.

We now have but two original NS film posters left to sell -- the wartime Belgian Hitlerjunge Quex poster from 1941 and the small "window poster" for the 1933 propaganda film Flüchtlinge, starring Hans Albers.  These are duplicates to our permanent collection and we are selling them to raise funds for further acquisitions. These are original authentic posters from 1941 and 1933 respectively. Once they are sold, it will take many years for you to find them again, if ever, on the open marketplace. 

The poster you buy will of course not have the watermark on it. WORLDWIDE SHIPPING (REGISTERED/ AIRMAIL) FOR ALL ITEMS  IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. Please note that the actual value will be declared on the Customs form to ensure that a full refund is available if the poster is lost en route. The buyer is responsible for all import and/or other duties into their resident country.


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Poster  ...reitet für Deutschland (1941 propaganda film) original Geman Uƒa poster, large "A0" size, excellent overall condition, already linen-mounted (ca.$250 cost if you did it later...) €1,080 ppd. worldwide.


LOOK!!!!   WWII Occupied Belgian  super–rare Hitlerjunge Quex original poster for sale!  €980,- ppd.   Too late -- it was traded!


Hans Albers poster Flüchtlinge (1933) Beautiful small A3 original poster for sale €125- ppd.


Veit Harlan's Der Große König film original Press–book -- 60 pages long with over 50 photos and sketches €90- ppd. SOLD!


Wow!    Jud Süss original 1940 French press–book (Le juif Suss)  €998,– SOLD!


Poster: Blutendes Deutschland (1933,  33 cm x 46 cm in size) poster  €898 including the film's rare "Illustrierter Film–Kurier" 8 page cinema program.    SOLD!


Publication: Der Film als politisches Machtmittel  (1933) by Dr. Hans Traub, €48. SOLD!


Poster:  The stunningly beautiful Prussian military film poster for  the  Die Affäre Rödern (1944, AO) €480- SOLD!


Karl Ritter extremely rare original autographed photo  €375,  SOLD!


LOOK!!!!  Hitlerjunge Quex original 1933 film promotional materials!  €498,  SOLD!


Ultra rare SA MANN BRAND cinema ticket from a US Manhattan movie theatre in 1934!


Book:  Legion Condor – Karl Ritter's lost 1939 feature film –  PRE–ORDER BELOW !!


Book:  Karl Ritter – His Life & 'Zeitfilms' under National Socialism expanded 2nd edition.


Book:  The Making of The Crew of the Dora  (Besatzung Dora,  forbidden 1943) !!!


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reitet fuer Deutschland (reitet für Deutschland) (Reitet für Deutschland)



This stunningly beautiful poster for sale, mounted in linen – will be shipped rolled in a  1.3 meter/4 foot long poster tube.   This poster is not available until November 2019 as it is on loan and on display in a poster exhibition in a German film museum until the first week in September.

We will take a $300 despoit on the poster, with the balance due in full prior to shipping in October 2019 if you would like to RESERVE this poster before it is sold to someone else. Please use our  CONTACT button if interested, and we shall invoice you via Paypal for the deposit.

note: Linen–mounting of this sized poster would normally cost about $200 –$250 alone.

The propaganda film ...riding for Germany  told the story of the WWI veteran Carl–Friedrich von Langen, a famous horseman, who won two 1928 gold medals for horsemanship in the Olympics, held in Amsterdam.  This true story was a perfect motion picture vehicle, as von Langen had been seriously wounded in WWI and totally paralysed from his injuries, and told that he would never walk again.  In constant pain, he slowly regained his strength and learned to move from bed to chair to halting steps until he could walk again – and then aspire to ride in the Olympic Games. He not only did so, he won two gold medals against all odds. He was a member of the brown shirt Sturmabteilung from Autumn 1930 and was revered as a hero in the Third Reich. He died from a riding accident during a competition in Germany in 1935.


A photo of von Langen in his S A uniform, from the book .....reitet für Deutschland, by Clemens Laar, 1936 (upon which the film script was based.)




UFA 1933/1934 FILM ANNOUNCEMENT BOX SET (incl. HJ QUEX, FLÜCHTLINGE, and 25 other films)




 (incl. HJ QUEX, FLÜCHTLINGE, and 25 other films)

We offer here the extremely rare original German Uƒa film studio Presentation Box, sent only to cinema owners, to announce and promote the forthcoming 1933 – 1934 movie season. The box contains 31 individual booklets –– 27 feature film booklets are each 8 pages in length; as well as four 4 page booklets. The four page booklets include one which announces the overall 1933/1934 season with all film titles listed;  as well as a message from the Uƒa management; and the other three shorter booklets are devoted to Short Films, Cultural Films, and the Uƒa Wochenschau newsreels, respectively. Each of the 31 booklets is 8 inches by 6.5 inches large (approximately 20.5 cm x 17 cm.)

(Heretofore the annual Uƒa annual announcements were either softbound or hardbound books, with two or three pages devoted to each film. This included the film title, the actors, director, and synopsis. Graphic art depicting a scene from the film, or in some cases, the art that later adorned the actual film poster, was also shown. This 1933/1934 box set design is unique and different to all the other film studio’s preview season publications which ran from 1920/1921 in the Weimar years through to the final one published in late 1939. Individual film booklets were never used again.)


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The first–ever Hitlerjunge Quex announcement (a facsimile copy of this cover is permanently on display in the Berlin Film Museum/Kinemathek.)  :






In the first booklet all 27 feature films are listed by title. An 8 page booklet devoted to each film is included in the set. This box is complete with nothing missing.  The metal snap which closes the box also snaps shut.

Important propaganda films amongst the 27 film booklets included are Hans Steinhoff’s Hitlerjunge Quex, Gustav Ucicky’s Flüchtlinge (Refugees), Wolfgang Liebeneiner’s Rivalen der Luft (Rivals in the Air), the "Blood and Soil" film Blut und Boden (also titled Du sollst nicht begehren/You shall not covet), Die Himmelflöte (Air Fleet), Carl Froelich's Volldampf Voraus! (Full Speed Ahead!) ; a yet untitled Espionage Film listing Leni Riefenstahl as the star ––the film was never produced! Also a yet unnamed Arnold Fanck Film (famous for his “mountain pictures:”) Of the non–propaganda films, there are many well–known ones today, such as Victor und Victoria by Reinhold Schünzel, and Karl Hartl’s Gold, starring Hans Albers, which is the only Science Fiction Film produced during the Third Reich that was released for public viewing.

Please note that these booklets are the FIRST PUBLICATIONS about each of these films ever.  Imagine owning the first–ever publication on Hitlerjunge Quex!

This set is also important historically because it was the first Uƒa studio publication which addressed its relationship with the new Hitler regime.

In 1933, the Uƒa studio was doing its best to accommodate the Minister for Propaganda, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, who was by default the “Minister for Film.”

In the introductory booklet listing all 27 feature the message from the film studio’s senior management states:

In confident trust in the government of the Reich, with such an outstanding, success–initiated, economic lift of the German people, by providing extraordinary artistic, financial and technical resources,  [this] has enabled us at Ufa to offer our esteemed clientele the 1933/34 film distribution program of 27 feature, cultural and short films.  







In the Red Hell / Carmen fra i Rossi / Frente de Madrid Fotobusta FOR SALE


This original 1939 Italian "Fotobusta" for the Neville Spanish Civil War thriller IN THE RED HELL is for sale. It measures ca. 35 x 50 cm, or 14 x 20 inches, printed on cardboard. There are two small puncture holes, one located in the trousers of Alfredo, the other towards the bottom of the Fotobusta (see close-ups.) 




We had asked an Italian poster dealer we know to try to find a Fotobusta of the film three years ago, and eventually we found the one in our Collection on our own. The dealer recently reported that he had finally found us a Fotobusta at some expense, because they are so rare and that nobody had one, so that he had to trade for it. Given that we had asked him to find one, we felt a professional need to purchase it, although it was the same one we own -- with the most famous scene from the film depicted!  In light of the recent release of the film by International Historic Films on DVD, we are pleased to offer this very rare second original copy for sale. The price includes worldwide shipping.


2 Karl Ritter posters for sale


We offer for sale here two original A3 (approx. 12 x 18 inch) full-colour Ufa posters for Karl Ritter's hard–hitting Luftwaffe films, Pour le Mérite  (1938) and his unfinished Legion Condor (1939.) Perfect for framing!

Both posters appeared in the Ufa film studio annual preview books issued only to cinema owners across the Third Reich.  The poster for Pour le Mérite appeared in the Ufa 1938/1939 book, and the Legion Condor poster appeared in the following year's book, 1939/1940. Along with other film posters in both books, these smaller sized posters were meant to be used by the cinema owners until such time as the film was ready for release, and the standard A0-sized "three sheet" larger poster could be printed using the same design. In the case of Legion Condor no such poster was ever issued because the film was abandoned in August 1939 just prior to the start of the Polish Campaign.  The poster design for this film was also used for our new book on the background, history and script of this lost film.

Both posters are available as a Lot, which includes a copy of our new book on Legion Condor, for €340 postpaid worldwide.  The two posters will be sent Registered Airmail from Australia in a small poster tube. The book will be sent in tough poly rip-proof bag separately. This is very good value-for-money, because postage alone would be in excess of $40 otherwise.  These posters are very hard to come by and the few copies of the old Ufa preview books occasionally floating around most often have these posters torn out and missing, as they are collector's items and the films so notorious. Such books, even missing posters, sell for €180 and up and postage from Europe is €48 via DHL per book, as they weigh 2 kilos and are over-sized. Trust us, we know.

Please note that the Legion Condor poster has a small tear to the left edge of the poster design (see 2nd close-up photo below) but this can be easily repaired or the poster matted in a frame and the tear covered. The Pour le Mérite poster has no tears or rips.














Karl Ritter

"SA MANN BRAND" rare 1934 Manhattan cinema ticket


This is an extremely rare cinema ticket, valid for any one of the five scheduled screenings of the NSDAP Sturmabteilung feature film, SA MANN BRAND, for 29 May 1934 at the Yorkville Theatre in Manhattan's main German immigrant neighbourhood. 

The review of the film by  The New York Times :


May 28, 1934   The New York Times

The first outspoken Nazi propaganda film has arrived in New York carrying the title "S. A. Mann Brand" ("Storm Trooper Brand"). It is being shown at the Yorkville Theatre and its "plot" is so simple that even persons understanding no German have no difficulty in following the adventures of the young truck driver (Herr Klingenberg), who is supposed to epitomize in his likable person the hopeful, fighting spirit of the millions of young Germans rallied to the standard of Adolf Hitler.In contradistinction to the later Nazi picture "Hans Westmar," which had its first public showing in December, "S. A. Mann Brand," dated June, 1933, has no anti-Semitic bias, but concentrates its animus upon the German Communists and their Moscow guides. Just as the earlier Soviet Russian motion pictures painted their enemies all black, so this Nazi effort represents the Reds as the vilest of the vile. Even the Communist girl (Vera Liessem), who is in love with the hero and who helps him double-cross the "Moscow agent" (Max Weydner) is treated none too gently by the director, although in the end, after the Hitler victory at the polls on March 5, 1933, the spectators may guess that she has been converted to the "true faith."Perhaps because the "coordination" and "liquidation" of the anti-Nazi elements in Germany had not been completed when this film was turned out, the Social Democratic father (Otto Wernicke) of Brand is depicted as not such a bad type, although deluded by Marxism, and he, too, finally votes for Hitler. Naturally, the "Soviet agent" is placed under arrest and the audience may imagine what is going to happen to him.From the technical standpoint "S. A. Mann Brand" is one of the best pictures made in Germany. Although most of the actors are unknown to frequenters of German cinema houses here, their work is uniformly excellent. Many of the scenes are really thrilling.

A Nazi Film.

S. A. MANN BRAND, a German dialogue film, with Heinz Klingenberg, Vera Liessem, Otto Wernicke, Elise Aulinger, Rolf Wenkhaus, Hedde Lembach, Josef Stoeckel, Helma Rueckert, Max Weydner and Manfred Koempel-Pilot; directed by Franz Seitz; a Bavarian Film Company production. At the Yorkville Theatre.



The Yorkville Theater screened imported Third Reich German feature films and documentaries for the German–speaking population of New York City until war between the USA and Reich was declared in December 1941.

SA MANN BRAND was the first of the three "Movement" films DSC00073.jpegportraying the  very bloody 'Kampfzeit' of the Nazi Party during the Weimar years leading up to Hitler's assumption of power.  The other two, of course being HANS WESTMAR and  HITLERJUNGE QUEX. 

We own both of the original posters for this film. One of them is shown here (and both are to be found in our Poster Gallery.)





The cinema ticket measures a large 15 cm X 8 cm (6 inches X 3 1/2 inches) and is printed on heavy cardboard. The back side of the ticket has a shopping list of grocery items someone made in with pencil and fountain pen.  Note that the text is written in German, not English.


We will also include a complete, albeit hole–punched and creased,  8 page cinema program for the film, printed in Germany in 1933, the 'Illustrierte Film–Kurier' program. Worldwide airmail shipping  and Paypal/credit card fees are also included in this price.





Flüchtlinge (Fluechtlinge) (Refugees)


Ufa cardboard 11 x 17 inch (A3)  cinema so–called "Window poster" for the famous Hans Albers film, REFUGEES (FLÜCHTLINGE) made in 1933. The poster has a blank rectangle at the bottom for the local cinema to paste or print their screening dates and times.



The film was awarded the National Film Prize for Year 1934 by Dr. Goebbels of the Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (as is seen here  to the LEFT)  in the proclamation scanned from our 1934 Uƒa film studio annual cinema owners' publication.


Please note that our watermark "" is NOT on the actual poster.

The poster is in overall good condition for it's age, and will be posted via Registerd Airmail at no extra charge worldwide to the buyer.


LEGION CONDOR – Karl Ritter's lost 1939 feature film



€30 postpaid worldwide – sent via International Airmail.

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LEGION CONDOR – Karl Ritter's lost 1939 feature film

by William Gillespie ©2019 All rights reserved.

Karl Ritter (1888–1977) produced and directed some of the Third Reich’s most famous, popular and hard–hitting feature films. Having produced Hans Steinhoff’s Hitlerjunge Quex, his own WWI trilogy of Patriots, Operation Michael and Leave on Word of Honor made his reputation at the celebrated Ufa film studios. The huge popular and financial success of Pour le Mérite (premiered December 1938) prompted him to conceive of a sequel in early 1939. Whereas the story told in Pour le Mérite ended with the re–birth of a modern German air force in 1935, the second film was to show the Luftwaffe in victorious battle as the ‘Legion Condor’ in Spain. Ritter’s script drew on his experiences filming In the Battle Against the World Enemy in Spain a few months earlier, and on his extensive personal diaries from this time. The production of Legion Condor called on huge resources with sixty characters, hundreds of extras, tanks, and with aircraft provided by the Luftwaffe. Military Advisor to the film was General der Flieger Helmuth Wilberg, who had overseen the deployment of the Condor Legion in Spain and who was a top strategist behind Blitzkrieg. The lead actors in Pour le Mérite were contracted. The film script had 167 Scenes and 527 camera shots, promising a major two hour¬ long feature film. Filming was abandoned in late August 1939 on direct orders from Hermann Göring and Dr. Joseph Goebbels – collateral damage to the infamous Hitler–Stalin Pact. The script of Legion Condor was presumed lost until the Author discovered a copy in a used bookstore in Berlin in June 2018. Exclusive access to the film script and to Karl Ritter’s unpublished diary, courtesy of Ritter’s grandson, provides readers with the true story of Legion Condor for the first time. 244 pages, with 42 photographs and illustrations, including 4 color plates. ISBN # 978–0–980816–6–6 German Films Dot Net.

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Author William Gillespie

Karl Ritter – His Life and 'Zeitfilms' under National Socialism by William Gillespie - for sale


German film director Karl Ritter (1888 – 1977) scripted, assisted, produced or directed 97 movies and film projects between 1927 and 1945 but his work is known today only to historians and students of National Socialist film. A pamphlet written in 1940 Berlin was the sole  biographical sketch on Ritter ever published.

Yet Ritter was the prototype fascist film director who more than any other director in the Third Reich worked tirelessly for the Nazi ideological cause. Ritter first heard Hitler speak in Munich in 1920, knew him personally from 1923, and joined the NSDAP in 1925.  His creative skills as a soldier, aviation pioneer, technician, graphic artist and film director came to the fore in 1933 when the  Ufa film studio gave him his own production company to make films for the New Germany.  His films for Goebbels were called ‘cinematic tanks that belong to the advance guard on the propaganda front’  by the Reichsfilmkammer’s own  magazine. Film historian John Altmann labelled Ritter ‘the most  irresponsible and dangerous filmmaker of the Third Reich.‘

His WWI trilogy of  Patrioten, Unternehmen Michael and Urlaub auf Ehrenwort  made him one of Germany’s leading film directors in the late 1930’s, and his anti-Bolshevik films Hitlerjunge Quex, Über alles in der Welt, Kadetten and GPU  prompted the Soviets to  demand that he stand trial in 1945 for war crimes. His films are still taboo in Germany and Austria to this day.

Karl Ritter – His Life and ‘Zeitfilms’ under National Socialism provides the first study in English which draws on both German film archives and unpublished sources to present Karl Ritter to a new audience.  A chronology of his life and film work from Weimar silent films through to the collapse of the Third Reich  provides new insights heretofore unexamined.

Translated here for the first time are a 1940 biographical sketch, a 1936 speech on ‘Zeitfilms and Contemporary History’ given by Ritter to a film institute audience in Hamburg, and all the entries in his diaries about Ritter by Dr Joseph Goebbels. Ritter’s dramatic escape from Soviet captivity in May 1945 is told in his own words for the first time.  Rare full color reproductions of original posters of Ritter’s most famous films are included, as well as B&W illustrations drawn from Third Reich and Ritter family sources.

Published by German Films Dot Net.

"Painstaking research…. a very interesting book….presents future scholars with a compilation of (very) rare documents by/about Ritter…. " ––  Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television,  –– Vol.33 #2, June 2013.

We strongly recommend that interested visitors to our website check out the Karl Ritter feature film DVDs and books available from International Historic Films, Chicago, IL. in America, which also sells this book. 

note: €20 is approximately AUD$30. This price includes domestic postage to addresses in Australia.

NOTE:  You will receive the  hugely expanded 2nd edition, which has  295 pages ( xxii, 253, plus 20 fuill colour poster plate pages ) and is the most extensive material on Karl Ritter ever published.  Autographed by the Author on request.


The Making of The Crew of the Dora


The Making of The Crew of the Dora

For Sale ONLY to Customers with an Australian address – See below.

For the first time in Third Reich Cinema literature, a book brings an insider’s perspective to working within the dictatorship for Joseph Goebbels’ Propaganda Ministry, the Reichsfilmintendanz, the OKW, and Ufa, who approved, then rejected, re–approved, supported, and in the end, banned The Crew of the Dora from cinemas altogether. The Crew of the Dora (1943) was the Third Reich’s last contemporary combat feature film, written, produced and directed by the Ufa film studio’s highly successful Karl Ritter (1888–1977). From producing Steinhoff’s Hitlerjunge Quex to his own Pour le Mérite, Ritter’s hard–hitting propaganda films had broken box office records and generated huge profits for Ufa. Stalin’s USSR demanded he stand trial for war crimes in 1945 for Quex, Über alles in der Welt, Kadetten, and his anti–Communist films about the Spanish Civil War and the Soviet GPU.

Dora was Ritter’s most ambitious and challenging effort. The script called for a story line on all three German war fronts simultaneously: the Western Front in France, the Eastern Front in the Soviet Union, as well as on the North African Front. If that was not complicated enough, the film uniquely was to be filmed entirely on location with no studio shots. This meant putting the cast and crew in harm’s way on active war fronts in the middle of World War II for months at a time – a danger no other feature film took on, and one limited otherwise to the brave Deutsche Wochenschau cameramen and their Propaganda Companies. This book provides 120 pages of transcribed excerpts from Ritter’s heretofore–unpublished diaries, following the conception, writing, production, filming and censorship of the film between May 1942 and March 1943. With 90 photographs, maps, sketches, and illustrations – many previously unpublished –The Making of The Crew of the Dora is an essential read for anyone interested in Nazi filmmaking. 320 pages, 90 photos & illustrations, Perfect–bound trade paperback. By William Gilleapie, author of Karl Ritter – His Life and ‘Zeitfilms’ Under National Socialism (2nd edition, 2014).


The price includes the cost of the book, the freight costs from the USA, and the domestic postage to send the book within Australia of $13.95.  As the book weighs over 500 grams, it does not qualify for the Letter Rate and higher Australia Post charges unfortunately apply.  Note: The book would cost more if ordered from the USA, due to the prevailing exchange rate and international postage (the book delivered to Australia would cost AUD$60–$70 all up.)  We will not be able to justify importing more copies for sale in Australia so when our stock is gone, it is gone. 

€20 is the rough equivalent to AUD$30 ppd.  SALES ARE LIMITED TO CUSTOMERS WITH AN AUSTRALIAN ADDRESS.  The listing of the price in Euros is because all of our Poster Shop items are listed in Euros. Foreign customers should check for the listing of the book on the International Historic Films website and on Amazon Books.  Orders overseas will be fulfilled from the USA. The retail price of the book from IHF or Amazon or is US$29.95 plus international postage of about US$24.00.

If you would like your copy autographed by the author, you MUST so indicate when you place the order. Thank you.


Foreign customers please go to IHF or Amazon Books !