Charite at War (2019): S02E03 – Letzte Hoffnung (Last Hope)


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).


Artur punctures Karin’s head to decrease the pressure on her brain, a procedure which seems to work fine at first since her head develops normally. Sauerbruch is visited by Karl Bonhoeffer who was de Crinis’ predecessor. Bonhoeffer tells him that Hans von Dohnanyi, his son-in-law, was arrested, had a stroke in prison and is now paralysed from the waist down. He asks Sauerbruch to take him in and protect him to which Sauerbruch agrees. De Crinis wonders whether von Dohanyi is just a malingerer and orders Nurse Christel to watch him at all times. Karin’s brain pressure increases again. A desperate Anni and Artur plead with Sauerbruch to perform a potentially life-threatening surgery on their child. Sauerbruch operates on her secretly, but is overwhelmed by the complexity of the surgery. Jung saves Karin by successfully finishing the operation. Artur asks Sauerbruch to keep Karin in the surgical ward since she wouldn’t be safe in the children’s ward because of his superior Professor Bessau who supports the euthanasia program. Otto is angered by his sister’s naiveté and bluntly tells her that children like Karin are usually killed. Anni does not believe him, but realises the truth when she looks at documents about her husband’s experiments and discovers that all test subjects are disabled.

On Christmas Eve, Sauerbruch delivers a speech about the humanity and love in medicine. Nurse Christel passes out sheets with new lyrics to Silent Night which praise the Führer. Some, such as de Crinis and Nurse Christel sing these new lyrics, but others sing the traditional song. Later, Otto tells Martin that he is in love with him. He replies that he has already been reprimanded for his homosexuality, while his lover was sent to a concentration camp, and this is why he reports to the police every week. He says if he is caught again he will be sent to a concentration camp. Otto and Martin kiss, but afterwards, Martin says they cannot do it again.

Charité at War Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 26 February 2019.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: Germany.
  • Language: German.

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