Linen from Ireland

Linen from Ireland (German: Leinen aus Irland) is a 1939 German drama film directed by Heinz Helbig and starring Otto Treßler, Irene von Meyendorff and Friedl Haerlin.[1] It was part of an ongoing campaign of anti-Semitism in German cinema of the era, and also attacked Britain with whom Germany was at war by the time of the film's release.

Linen from Ireland
Directed byHeinz Helbig
Written by
  • Stefan von Kamare
  • Harald Bratt
  • Philipp von Zeska
Music byAnton Profes
CinematographyHans Schneeberger
Distributed byBavaria Film
Release date
  • 16 October 1939 (1939-10-16)
Running time
98 minutes

It was made as a co-production between the German company Bavaria Film and the Austrian Wien Film which had been created following the Anschluss of 1938. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Robert A. Dietrich and Artur Gunther.


In Bavaria in 1909 a Jewish employee of a textile company begins importing cheaper linen from Ireland, sabotaging local production and threatening many of the workers with unemployment. Eventually his scheme is exposed.



  1. Rentschler p. 153


  • Rentschler, Eric (1996). The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Cinema and Its Afterlife. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0-674-57640-7.
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