Can Liechtenstein maintain prosperity despite the relaxation of banking secrecy and the withdrawal of billions of clients’ money or is it in danger of falling back into the poverty of past days?
This docudrama will examine the establishment of Liechtenstein in 1699, its alliance with Napoleon, the threat of the annexation by Hitler as well as its transformation from peasant state to one of the richest countries in the world. It will also investigates its role in selling citizenship to Jews in the WWII, how the Princely family of Liechtenstein, owns EUR7 billion, what motivated the world’s first whistleblowers Klaus Lins and Heinrich Kieber to share sensitive customer data to foreign authorities and thus spark an international hunt for tax evaders, and how it is dealing with the relaxation of banking secrecy and the withdrawal of billions of client monies.
Director: Lew Hohmann
Producer: Jürgen Kindle
Languages: German with English subtitles
Year of Production: 2014