The Rothschilds: Shares in Waterloo
One of the Third Reich’s first major films discussing the Jewish Question. Die Rothschilds: Aktien auf Waterloo appeared in 1940 and told the story of the Rothschild family’s rise to fortune, set mostly in Great Britain during the Napoleonic wars.
Because William I, Elector of Hesse chose not to join the Confederation of the Rhine when it was formed in 1806, he is forced to go on the run from Napoleon.
In Frankfurt, he gives obligations from his Hessians, worth £600,000, to Mayer Amschel Rothschild so that Rothschild can carry them to England into safety.
Rothschild however uses the money to make profits for himself. His sons, Nathan Rothschild in London and James Rothschild in Paris, support him. They use the money to finance the army of Wellington in the war against Napoleon in Spain.
In 1815, Nathan makes his shadiest move when he spreads the rumor that Napoleon had won in the Battle of Waterloo, causing the stock prices in London to fall rapidly.
When the truth is revealed, he had already bought equities for a ridiculously low price.
After a decade, the Rothschilds had already accumulated a fortune of £11 million by using the elector’s money. Finally, Nathan joins forces with the commissioner of the British treasury to enslave all of Europe.
The film ends with a burning Star of David over a map showing the major cities of Europe.
Directed by Erich Waschneck; Music by Johannes Müller; featuring Carl Kulmann, Hilde Weissner and Giesela Uhlen.
B&W, 97 minutes, German dialogue, DVD has optional English subtitles.