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Seven Years in Tibet

Released: 1952
Author: Heinrich Harrer

Seven Years in Tibet

Released: 1997
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
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Portrayed by: Brad Pitt
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   Harrer says nothing about any such remark. Harrer is hailed as a 'German hero', and replies "Thank you, but I'm Austrian"
   Heinrich Harrer admitted he had been a Nazi SS officer before World War II. Harrer at the train station in 1939 appears hostile to the Nazi Party, taking their flag with reluctance.
   This did not happen. The Chinese send negotiators to Lhasa before they attacked.
   There was no airstrip in Tibet until 1956. The Dalai Lama travelled by car. The Tibetans created the airstrip in preparation for the Chinese coming.
   Harrer does not mention his wife or son. Harrer returns to Austria in 1951 to visit his son Rolf, now a young boy. His son refused to meet with him. Harrer left the music box that was given by the Dalai Lama when he departed Tibet. Harrer did not mend his relationship with his son at the end of the film.

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