Pieter Menten: Unveiling the Dark History of a Dutch War Criminal
The Pursuit of Justice: Unforgettable Trials of Notorious Nazis in Film
The Menten Files (De zaak Menten, 2016)
Director: Tim Oliehoek
Cast: Guy Clemens, Aus Greidanus, Noortje Herlaar
Amidst a world shrouded in shadows and haunted by the echoes of a dark past, a journalist's relentless quest for justice becomes the catalyst for an extraordinary journey. Eurochannel premieres The Menten Files.
In this gripping three-part miniseries, the haunting truth behind the life of Pieter Menten, a notorious Nazi war criminal, is meticulously unraveled. Based on real events, the series delves deep into the relentless pursuit of justice by journalist Hans Knoop, editor-in-chief of the weekly magazine Accent.
Part 1: A Sinister Revelation
The dramatic opening sets the stage for an enthralling series as a sinister truth begins to surface. It all begins when an interview with a wealthy art collector Pieter Menten sends shockwaves through the journalistic community. A tenacious Israeli journalist, Kanaan, stumbles upon this article and is struck by a shocking revelation. Kanaan accuses Menten of heinous crimes committed during the Second World War, specifically the brutal execution of Jews in the Polish villages. Kanaan reaches out to Hans Knoop, sharing a jaw-dropping detail: Menten had allegedly transported three train wagons filled with stolen paintings to the Netherlands in 1943. This revelation ignites Knoop's determination to expose the truth and bring Menten to justice.
Part 2: A Dangerous Pursuit
Journalist Hans Knoop, consumed by the weight of his mission, plunges headfirst into the relentless pursuit of Pieter Menten's dark past. As editor-in-chief of Accent magazine, Knoop faces numerous challenges and threats. Menten, an immensely wealthy and powerful figure, is not an easy adversary to confront. Driven by the pursuit of justice and haunted by the atrocities committed by Menten, Knoop meticulously investigates the claims made against the war criminal. He uncovers a web of connections, witnesses, and evidence that gradually unveils Menten's involvement in the systematic execution of innocent lives.
Part 3: The Final Showdown
As the Menten case gains momentum, tensions escalate to unprecedented heights. Menten's disappearance sparks a fiery debate in the House of Representatives, transforming the pursuit of justice into a national conversation. Knoop finds himself at the center of it all, determined to locate Menten and ensure that he faces the consequences of his actions. In a race against time, Knoop's unwavering dedication leads him to an astonishing discovery. He tracks down Menten, witnesses his arrest, and stands as a testament to the power of unyielding journalism and the pursuit of truth. However, the battle is far from over. The government, grappling with the implications of the case, faces its own challenges in bringing justice to the victims and their families.
The Menten Files is an enthralling portrayal of a journalist's unwavering pursuit of truth and justice in the face of immense power and adversity. Through relentless investigation, Hans Knoop unravels the sinister secrets of a war criminal, shining a light on the dark chapters of history that must never be forgotten.
The Menten Files – Part 1
In 1976, journalist Hans Knoop receives an incriminating call about wealthy entrepreneur Pieter Menten's art collection, sparking his investigation into the truth.
The Menten Files – Part 2
Knoop follows a lead about Menten's allegedly deceased brother, who may be alive. With time running out, Knoop must swiftly follow this new trail.
The Menten Files – Part 3
Knoop locates Menten's brother Dirk and urges him to reveal the dark secrets he knows. As Menten tries to evade arrest, an international manhunt ensues.