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The Counterfeiters is a 2007 Austrian-German movie directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky and is based on a real event and deals with the largest money counterfeiting program of the Nazis during World War II, Aktion Bernhard. Master forger Salomon Sorowitsch is arrested by Commissar Herzog in 1936 and sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp but comes to terms with the circumstances. He receives preferential treatment from his tormentors, making small drawings, portraits, and later entire murals for them. In 1944, he is transferred to Sachsenhausen - and fears that he will now have to die. But Herzog has other plans for him. Sorowitsch was to take part in a secret operation to counterfeit enemy money, imitating British pounds and American dollars. He gets help from other imprisoned specialists: Adolf Burger, Kolja Karloff, and Zilinski are among them.
On February 24, 2008, the film won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film which was the first Oscar ever for an Austrian entry.
The following weapons were used in the film The Counterfeiters:
SS-Hauptscharführer (Master Sergeant) Holst (Martin Brambach) and SS-Sturmbannführer (Major) Friedrich Herzog (Devid Striesow) can be seen using Walther P38 pistols with black grips. At the end of the movie, Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) and Adolf Burger (August Diehl) handle Herzog's Walther.
Most members of the Waffen SS are armed with MP40s.
The Karabiner 98k is used by some Waffen SS guards.
Mauser Puška vz. 24
A German policeman is seen with a VZ-24 Czech Mauser rifle which is an anachronism because this scene takes place in 1936; two years before the German occupation of Czechoslovakia.