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Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe - and that will forever change them as well. Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm is off to the eastern front with his younger brother Friedhelm, a sensitive dreamer more interested in literature than warfare. Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte, a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Wehrmacht, also on the eastern front. While Greta is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, her Jewish boyfriend Viktor still cannot convince his parents to leave Germany... Valor and courage come to the fore, but also betrayal - of values, beliefs, humanity. Friedhelm turns into a soulless killing machine... Wilhelm deserts his troops and is court-martialed... Charlotte's Nazi ideology crumbles when she betrays a Jewish nurse helping the German army... Greta obtains papers for Viktor's escape by selling herself to an SS colonel. They and millions of ...Written by
Yesterday the third episode of "Our Mothers, Our Fathers" was aired in my country. As a Pole, I feel disgusted, shocked, and most of all obliged to get some facts straight. If you already have bothered yourself to watch the series, please give me your next three minutes to let me explain some points, which are crucial to understand the film completely.
My first question after watching the whole piece was; what is the actual message? I have never doubted that there existed German soldiers who were never willing to join the army and start killing innocent people on the command of a psychopath, who instructed them to do so only because he believed in the superiority of the Aryan race above all the others. Yet, we cannot assume that the entire German society was that guiltless. Hitler was a maniac, but that didn't make him a villain. It was the hundreds and thousands of German people voting on him (being fully aware of his views), who raised him to power.
And what is shown in the series? Next to the obviously heartless "bad Germans" we see heroes, dying in battles, crying after their friends. Sure, all of the above took place during the II World War, but is it really the paramount aspect of its story?
Imagine now that your house is burned after your mother and father were brutally and pointlessly murdered. Is it really the dramatic tale of the murderer's inner experiences he struggled with, slaughtering your family, you want to hear now?
As I said, I don't deny that going to war against your will wasn't hard. But it should never, ever, ever be compared to the Polish stands presented in episodes 2 and 3. Poles used to help Jews and saved much more of them than any European country, despite the punishment here was the toughest - finding a Jew in your house wasn't equivalent to loosing your job like in e.g. France, but with immediate death by firing squad. Not only yours, but your whole family's.
In the series, we are pictured only as a cunning, horrid nation, selling Jews to the Nazis whenever the occasion appears. I don't say that there were no Poles that betrayed them, but such accidents were as numerous as the Germans voting against Hitler. It's a disgrace, and I am fully excused to feel offended.
To sum it up, I would like all the viewers to realise what was tried to be persuaded to us by, de facto, ZDF - a public television channel. We are introduced to a pack of innocent, full of hope and plans for the future young Germans. They are pushed to war and suffer hard when are to kill a human being. Parallely, there are surly, boorish and cruel Poles, swinging their weapons at poor, innocent people's faces, literally hunting Jews. Even though both of the occurrences took place in the past, what matters is the proportion the series lacks.
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