One Against Daimler

The Armaments Critic Jürgen Grässlin

"The star is splattered with the blood of countless dead!" Thus the eco-pacifist Jürgen Grässlin from Freiburg attacked the Daimler Benz company, Germany’s largest weapons producer, years ago. Since then, Germany’s most prominent armaments opponent has been verbally assaulting the Stuttgart corporation. Now the conflict is reaching a new climax – at the beginning of August Jürgen Grässlin’s book, a portrait of Daimler manager Jürgen Schremp ("Der Herr der Sterne", Lord of the Stars) was published. The chairman of Daimler’s board of directors opened Daimler‘s doors for his most adamant critic and volunteered to be interviewed, with the comment, "if I can’t accept criticism, then I’m the wrong man for the job."

Who is this man Jürgen Grässlin who, as a well-known Daimler critic, could get into the heart of Germany’s most important corporation? How, on the one hand, does the Daimler corporation react and, on the other, Grässlin’s pacifist friends? For nine months a WDR television team accompanied Jürgen Grässlin, also before and during interviews about his book. A portrait of the portraitist. A film about a book that is making waves.

Produced by

WDR

A film by

Sigrid Faltin and Peter Ohlendorf

Year

1998

Running time

45 min.

Team

  • Camera: Werner von Mayer-Myrtenhain, Holger Schüppel
  • Sound: Uwe Swenne
  • Editor: Anja Wetzel

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