Charite at War (2019): S02E02 – Schwere Geburt (A Difficult Birth)


Charité at War is a six-part 2019 German-language TV series starring Sarah Bauerett, Susanne Böwe and Mala Emde.

The series describes the accomplishments of several famous German physicians and scientists at the prestigious Charité hospital in Berlin during its history.

It is a sequel of Charité (see below).


Anni nearly dies due to severe blood loss, but is saved by Professor Stoeckel. Her daughter doesn’t show any life signs, but is successfully revived by the doctors. Anni shares a room with Magda Goebbels who is suicidal because of a recent miscarriage. Artur tenderly cares for Anni while Goebbels’ husband is nowhere to be seen. Goebbels is constantly drunk, makes sarcastic remarks about life and admits to Anni that her marriage has become nothing more than a façade. In the meantime, Sauerbruch has gotten a new colleague. Adolphe Jung is a surgeon from Strasbourg and has been transferred to Berlin. Together they save a young boy named Emil who is seriously hurt. Christel, a nurse and avid Nazi supporter, finds a leaflet of the White Rose that belongs to the patient. She wants to report Emil, but Martin tears the leaflet apart. She wants to report Martin, as well, but Otto swiftly asks Christel out on a date when she threatens to. Martin witnesses this and realises that Otto rejects the regime, just like him. Christel tells Otto that Martin regularly has to report himself to the police. When Otto asks Martin about, Martin denies it.

All patients have to be brought to the basement due to an air raid. Emil is deemed not suitable for transport, but Martin and Otto carry him down with a makeshift stretcher. Jung and Margot have to perform an emergency surgery on him because one of his stitches has ripped. Afterwards, Jung tells Sauerbruch about a speech Thomas Mann has delivered in the British radio about the deliberate killings of patients in the Charité. Sauerbruch doubts something like this could happen in the hospital and also denies any rumours about human experiments on disabled people and Nazi prisoners. His son Peter gets taken to the clinic because of a hepatitis infection, Claus von Stauffenberg pays him a visit. At the end of the episode, both Anni and her daughter Karin are allowed to return home. There, Anni is shocked to discover that her child has an increased intracranial pressure that will likely result in a hydrocephalus.

Charité at War Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 12 February 2019.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: Germany.
  • Language: German.

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