The Resistance Banker
Film based on the amazing story of Dutch banker Walraven (Wally) van Hall, who became known as ‘the resistance banker’ after setting up an underground bank during World War II. Van Hall’s story is one of the most impressive resistance stories from that period. NL Film is working with Walraven van Hall’s children on this film.
Walraven van Hall (1906-1945), a scion of the famous Van Hall family, was a banker in Zaandam. At the beginning of the war, he was one of the founders of a national aid organisation aimed at providing financial support to resistance activities. Together with his brother, Gijs (later Mayor of Amsterdam), he came up with a unique, worldwide plan to defraud the Bank of the Netherlands of 50 million guilders. Through this fraud, and large private loans, Van Hall was able to raise a total in excess of 106 million guilders (more than half a billion Euros today). This money was used to finance the lion’s share of the illegal activities carried out by the Dutch resistance. Walraven was betrayed to the Germans in January 1945 by a newcomer in his private circle, arrested and a month later murdered. Screenwriter Marieke van der Pol is currently working on the script.
Shooting is planned for 2014.