Generation War (2013): S01E02 – A Different War


Introduction

Generation War (German: Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter, translated as “Our Mothers, our Fathers”) is a German World War II TV miniseries in three parts.

Outline

A Different War (Ein anderer Krieg).

The invasion is being pushed back by the Soviet Army, causing high casualties for the Germans. During an assault in which almost his entire platoon is killed, Wilhelm is knocked unconscious by an explosion and left for dead. When he wakes up, instead of going back to the base, he finds a cabin by a lake and lives on his own for a few weeks. He is discovered by the military police and sentenced to death for desertion.

Friedhelm, having been cut off from his unit during the earlier assault, escapes the Russians by wearing a Soviet uniform, only to be mistakenly shot by his own side when returning to his lines. He is taken to a field hospital where Charlotte discovers him and convinces the doctor to operate, saving his life. While recovering, believing his brother to be dead, he tells Charlotte that Wilhelm has been killed. Friedhelm is sent back home, but seeing his father’s disappointment with Wilhelm’s apparent death, and lack of appreciation for Friedhelm’s survival, Friedhelm cuts short his leave and returns to his unit.

Viktor is sent to Auschwitz, but he manages to escape by breaking the wooden floor of the railroad car he is in, alongside a Polish woman called Alina, and joins a group of Polish partisans. He has to conceal his Jewish identity because they hate Jews. Charlotte feels despair over Wilhelm’s apparent death and starts an affair with the doctor who saved Friedhelm. Greta visits the front-line to perform for the many soldiers. In the apartment where she stays, she is reunited with Wilhelm, Friedhelm and Charlotte for a brief moment. She visits Charlotte’s workplace and becomes disillusioned by what she sees.

Back in Germany, she returns to the bar where she works and tells the soldiers who have returned from the battlefield that victory is still a long way to go. The day after, she is arrested by the Gestapo and thrown into prison for making remarks in public that disapprove of the war and the Hitler regime and also probably because of her attempts to contact the same Gestapo major in the first episode (calling him at home, which, as his mistress, was unacceptable). When the major questions her, she tells him that she has become pregnant.

Generation War Series

You can find a full index and overview of Generation War here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 18 March 2013.
  • Running Time: 90 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: Germany.
  • Language: German and English (subtitles).

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