Called Generation War in English (traduttore, traditore), this TV mini-series is a decent german historic fiction depicting the (mis)adventures of five germans during WWII. It’s in general quite satisfying, each of the five characters shows a different perception of the events, and none of them is either overly bad or good.
Coming from the ZDF, so german TV, that’s a welcome change from the usual documentaries about neo-nazis (it’s flabbergasting how much attention received, during these last 20 years, from german TV, a sad bunch of more or less 2000 morons listening to cheap metal, wearing sort of camo’ baggies with paraboots, doing gigs in communal ballroom of villages of 25 inhabitants). No, for once, that’s kind of a clever portray of a complicated past. And, as such, it’s bound to rise mixed feeling. Are these five germans representatives, those this show help to understand the big picture, etc, etc. Whatever, I found it satisfying.
Until episode 3.
Episode 3 makes absolutely no sense. They found the one Soviet commissar enforcing a no-rape of polish or german girls policy. OK. They also found the one US Army Captain that was fine working knowingly with an ex-Gestapo high rank officer to recruit new personel, in Berlin, for the denazified new Germany, and as soon as may 1945. OK. That’s overly misleaded and misleading. I wonder how these fucked up notions came to the mind of the screenwriter Stefan Kolditz. He should explain himself. I can enjoy some artistic license but historic fictions must have some limits.
But really, the most dramatic and major inconsistency is that we are presented with Polish Armia Krajowa as anti-semitic and given the impression that Poles were focused on being overly anti-semitic during this timeframe. Portraying as such Poland is a terrible joke. They had more pressing matters, serious foes to focus on.
Of all countries invaded/annexed/puppet by/of Germany, that’s the one that no only had no noticeable collaborators or State collaboration policy, a fact rare enough to be pointed out – unlike France (obviously), Albania, Belarus, Belgium, Croatia Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Monaco, Netherland, Norway, Serbia, Ukraine, etc.
Not enough? Of all occupied Europe, that’s also the one that had by far the largest underground Resistance with the Armia Krajowa (Home Army, AK, 380 000 men including jews in 1944, loyal to Polish exiled government) but also the Armia Ludowa (People’s Army, AL, circa 30 000 in 1944, pro-soviet) and the Narodowe Siły Zbrojne (National Armed Forces, NSZ, 75 000 men at its maximum, recognizing Polish exiled government and anti-soviet). Not to mention that the Armia Krajowa had the Konrad Żegota Committee, unique in Europe: its own committee dedicated to the rescue of the Jews. Even if it’s possible to find accounts of anti-semitism in AK, portraying the AK as such as a whole is definitely grotesque.
Unsere Mütter, Unsere Vater is worth being watched. But only until episode 3 – you can skip this offending hoax.