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Fight for the legacy of a criminal empire and enjoy an extravagant weekend in the 1920s of Germany!

 

December 6th – 8th 2019

Haus Schnede (Hamburg, Germany)

Germany, 1926: Dr. Manhart had many faces for the public. A well-known scientist. A successful building tycoon. A highly honoured hero of the Great War. A patron of the fine arts. But all those who gather this weekend in his mansion know, that he was one thing above all: the undisputed ruler of the Berlin underworld. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, criminals, artists, and social figures have come together to mourn his death, celebrate his life, and reorganize his shady businesses.

Follow us on a fascinating journey through time to a place, where the splendour of the Roaring Twenties is only superficially able to cover the abyss of human nature. 
Become part of one of the infamous 1920s gangs in Germany, the Ring Clubs, and fight for the legacy of a criminal empire. 
Or, as an honoured guest of the criminals, enjoy the thrill of a society where every wrong word can have grim consequences.

 

Immertreu should feel like stepping into a movie inspired by a historical era. It might be set in the autumn of 1926 but it isn’t a historical correct re-enactment event. We aim for a feeling of the era, but during the game, the focus is on drama, passion, intrigue and the clash of different personalities.

 

Themes of the game will be:

Honour among thieves 
Old sins and revenge
Greed and betrayal 
Love and jealousy
Murder Mystery
Political turmoil
The Great War 
The Russian Revolution

 

Historical Background

The new political structure that formed in Germany after the First World War, often called the Weimar Republic, lasted only fourteen years. During its short-lived existence, it faced several crises, like hyperinflation, political extremism and conflicts with the allied victors of the war. 
But in between these periods of struggle, from around 1924 to around 1929, there was a time that was later called the Golden Era of Weimar. The situation in Germany calmed down again. People recovered from the horrors of war, famine and revolution. New jobs were created and new money was flowing. Incredible breakthroughs in science took place. Art, culture and architecture also experienced a new heyday. 
Immertreu is set right in the middle of this era! 

The Ring Clubs

The 1920s Ring Clubs in Germany are a fascinating topic. All over the world and during all times criminals have been forming gangs to support each other and enhance their "business". But seldom did organized crime act such open and as much respected by authorities and society as in interwar Berlin. 
For a brief period in time, these "guilds of gentleman criminals" (as they would think of themselves) ruled the underworld of the city. 
Nowadays the Ring Clubs and their members are almost forgotten, as are their - often brutal and horrible, non-gentleman-like - crimes. But in their heydays, they gathered great fame and inspired numerous works of fiction, glorifying or condemning them. 

 

One of the most well-known early depictions of the Ring Clubs of Berlin might be the 1931 film "M" by Fritz Lang, about a child murderer, hunted by police and gangsters. 
It is based on a true story and has several real-life Ring Club members as extras. 
Lang was also “convinced” by the leader of the Ring Club Immertreu to hire him and other Immertreu members as “bodyguards and advisers”, to make sure “nothing bad happens to the production”.

 

Historical Background

The new political structure that formed in Germany after the First World War, often called the Weimar Republic, lasted only fourteen years. During its short-lived existence, it faced several crises, like hyperinflation, political extremism and conflicts with the allied victors of the war. 
But in between these periods of struggle, from around 1924 to around 1929, there was a time that was later called the Golden Era of Weimar. The situation in Germany calmed down again. People recovered from the horrors of war, famine and revolution. New jobs were created and new money was flowing. Incredible breakthroughs in science took place. Art, culture and architecture also experienced a new heyday. 
Immertreu is set right in the middle of this era! 

The Ring Clubs

The 1920s Ring Clubs in Germany are a fascinating topic. All over the world and during all times criminals have been forming gangs to support each other and enhance their "business". But seldom did organized crime act such open and as much respected by authorities and society as in interwar Berlin. 
For a brief period in time, these "guilds of gentleman criminals" (as they would think of themselves) ruled the underworld of the city. 
Nowadays the Ring Clubs and their members are almost forgotten, as are their - often brutal and horrible, non-gentleman-like - crimes. But in their heydays, they gathered great fame and inspired numerous works of fiction, glorifying or condemning them. 

 

One of the most well-known early depictions of the Ring Clubs of Berlin might be the 1931 film "M" by Fritz Lang, about a child murderer, hunted by police and gangsters. 
It is based on a true story and has several real-life Ring Club members as extras. 
Lang was also “convinced” by the leader of the Ring Club Immertreu to hire him and other Immertreu members as “bodyguards and advisers”, to make sure “nothing bad happens to the production”.

 
 
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