German Dynasties: The Oetkers

The Oetkers: one of Germany's best-known families. In the generations since the establishment of this family company almost 120 years ago, the Oetkers have been a fixture in German society. With its huge successes and tragic misfortunes, the story of the Oetker family has become part of German history.

However, despite the immensely popular Oetker brand name, little is known about the family itself; about the secret of its success, its motivations, and the things that led to the many blows of fate it has suffered in addition to its economic success. August and Richard Oetker, Rosely Schweizer, Carl-Ferdinand Oetker, and Alfred Oetker—all members of this business dynasty—tell us in detail what it really means to be an Oetker, helping to create, for the first time, a realistic portrait of the Oetker patriarch, Rudolf-August Oetker, and to give an insight into his deep and contradictory personality. The picture is rounded off by the recollections of Maja Oetker, who speaks on camera for the first time.

Length 1 x 45'
Year 2010
Genre Documentary
Format 16:9 HDTV
Director Manfred Oldenburg
Boadcast ARD
Link Die Oetkers