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Monday, March 25, 2013

Our Mother, Our Fathers

Those of you who can watch German TV (ZDF) have been able to see a wonderful story about World War II. The German title is "Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter" and it tells the story of five friends during the second world war. What makes this 3-part TV drama unique, is that it is made by Germans and tell the true story of what happened during this war. It is not so long ago some Germans denied the killing of Jews and other facts...

Wilhelm and Friedhelm are two brothers who live in Berlin. The story starts on the evening before both brothers have go to war. They meet up with their friends Greta (a barmaid who wants to become a singer like Marlène Dietrich), Charlotte -Charlie - who wantst to be a nurse, and Viktor, the son of Jewish dressmakers. Little do they know what the future has in store for them!

At first Friedhelm does not see the relevance of war and Wilhelm is always the one to call him to duty. Charlie lands in a field hospital and soon sees what war does to others. Greta sees her dream come true but it will cost her some... She has to befriend a German officer in a high position and does not realize he only uses her. Viktor tries to get away, but is caught and send to Auschwitz. Under way to the death camp he can escape with a young Polish girl.

All of these friends will find out that war is an ugly thing. Wilhelm doesn't want to fight anymore, he gives up but instead of being killed he's sent off to the fighting in Russia. Friedhelm becomes harder and more cynical. Charlotte loses all her innocence. Greta at last finds out the true nature of her lover...  Viktor suffers a lot.

I don't know if this series will be broadcasted in other countries with subtitles or adaptation, but if it happens, I can recommend watching it. I understand German as I have lived in this country for four years, and also spent lots of ski holidays in Austria and Switzerland.

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