Series: Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter
Wir waren fünf Freunde. Wir waren jung. Wir waren unsterblich. Wir sollten es bald besser wissen.*
"Our Mothers, Our Fathers
" (aka Generation War
in the US). Basically Band of Brothers
, but with Germans. And extra grim
, since it's primarily set on the Eastern Front.
June 1941. Five childhood friends gather in Berlin to hold a goodbye party for the three among them who are soon to head for Russia. Wilhelm Winter
and his younger brother Friedhelm have been called to serve
in the Wehrmacht, while Charlotte has volunteered as a nurse. Staying in Berlin are aspiring singer
Greta Müller and her Jewish lover Viktor Goldstein. The group wish each other well, and part ways in high spirits, hoping to be together again at Christmas
.Of course, it doesn't quite work out like that
. And as the months and years drag by, and the fighting becomes ever more brutal, for these young people the war becomes a desperate struggle not only to survive, but to retain their humanity even while serving an inhumane regime.
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