Several historical documentaries and films have been made about the war-time role of Trent Park, including the film The One that Got Away where Hardy Kruger plays Luftwaffe fighter pilot Franz von Werra,the only German PoW to successfully escape Britain, and who was held at Trent Park.
Two recent documentary films include:
Secrets of The Dead – Bugging Hitler’s Soldiers
Spied upon by MI19 in a bugging operation of unprecedented scale and cunning, 4,000 German POW’s revealed their inner thoughts about the Third Reich and let slip military secrets that helped the Allies win WWII. Based on groundbreaking research conducted by German historian, Professor Sonke Neitzel, and British historian Dr Helen Fry, the film tells the story of how those conversations were recorded and how they can now reveal, in more shocking detail than ever before, the hearts and minds of the German fighter. In total, more than 100,000 hours of these secret recordings were made.
The Wehrmacht – Episode 3: The Crimes
Soldiers and officers continually came into conflict with their consciences. How much freedom did individuals have? Were they executing Hitler’s criminal plans, or was it the Wehrmacht’s war? There were crimes against humanity, against civilians, prisoners of war, and there was the Holocaust itself. The Trent Park records show that the 84 German generals who were interned at Trent Park were aware of the severity of the war crimes they had been involved in and that some discussed them almost compulsively. They included the Commissar Order, to kill any Soviet commissar, and Rathenau’s order to kill the Jews, including children.
War Hero – Interview with Trustee Helen Lederer on her Secret Listener Grandfather Ernst Lederer
Ernst Lederer came to Britain on one of the last trains from Czechoslovakia as a refugee from the Nazis – recruited by British Intelligence in 1944 to work as a ‘Secret Listener’ at Trent Park. He listened into the conversations of the captured German officers on the floors above, discovering key military secrets that helped the war effort and also heard testimony about Nazi war atrocities. Actress Helen Lederer, one of our Trustees, learnt about her grandfather’s heroic work on Channel 5’s War Hero – watch the clip to see Ernst’s extraordinary story