Charite at War (2019): S02E06 – Stunde Null (Zero Hour)


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).


In early 1945, Sauerbruch and his staff have to operate on wounded soldiers and civilians with only a very limited amount of medicine, water and electricity available. Anni and Artur evade each other; Artur wants to save their relationship nonetheless. He notices that an admitted boy with severe burn wounds who recently lost his mother and sister in a concentration camp is Jewish, but does not give him away. Later, the boy’s father gives him a Yellow badge which will protect Artur from the approaching Russians as they will think he is Jewish. Anni steals Artur’s key to the hospital food stocks to take food for the hidden Karin and Otto but Artur realises before she is done and confronts her. Martin meets some underaged Volkssturm soldiers who are determined to defend the heavily destroyed city from the incoming Russians. They are lead into the hospital by Christel despite it being declared a neutral zone. Martin tricks the group, locks them in the basement and tells them he will only release them if they throw their guns out the window. He ignores Christel protests while telling her that the child soldiers have mothers who will thank him later. Karin is brought to the bunker while Otto stays in his hideout because deserters are still being executed even though the war is almost over. De Crinis is approached by Magda Goebbels who asks him to give her potassium cyanide because she wants to kill herself and her children. De Crinis says he has only two pills, for himself and his wife, and recommend Frau Goebbels to give anaesthetics to her children to avoid seeing their spasms; shortly afterwards De Crinis and his wife commit suicide upon being blocked by Russian soldiers. The Russians reach the bunker and hold the medical staff at gunpoint, but don’t harm anyone once they know about Sauerbruch’s medical abilities and make him and his team tend to their wounded comrades. Christel is shot during one of the last shoot-outs in the streets while Otto gets hit by a stray bullet and starts to bleed out, but Martin saves him by getting him to the bunker. It is announced that Hitler has committed suicide, and Artur leaves the bunker to surrender to the Russians, who evacuate the bunker.

It is revealed that after the war, Annie divorced Artur, Karin had a happy life despite her disability, Otto and Martin were able to have a more open relationship in the GDR in the 1950s, Kolbe and Fritsch were happily married, Jung became an admired surgeon in France, and Margot Sauerbruch outlived her husband for 40 years and never married again.

Charité at War Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 19 March 2019.
  • Running Time: 45 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: Germany.
  • Language: German.

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