A History lesson- "Generation War" Adds a Glow to a German Era.

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    “Generation War,” which was broadcast as a mini-series on German television last year, is perhaps more interesting as an artifact of the present than as a representation of the past. As the Second World War slips from living memory, as Germany asserts its dominant role in Europe with increasing confidence, and as long-suppressed information emerges from the archives of former Eastern bloc countries, the war’s cultural significance for Germans has shifted.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/movies/generation-war-adds-a-glow-to-a-german-era.html?_r=0
     
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    Do not confuse entertainment with history.
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    Interesting that this series is finally getting made .... Germany needs it, Germans need it, because they are going to have to step up to a larger role in the west ... and that can not be a repeat performance of previous roles. The ghastly stories (Das Boat, Stalingrad, The Bridge) have already been told/made

    The NPR review calls the series "Bracing" ...... odd choice odd words.

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    Its only just starting to air in australia. ive seen the first episode, and the thing that strikes me is the german centric view of the impact of the war. Perfectly understandable and legitimate, given the subject material, but it still smooths over the impacts on the peoples that fell under the german occupation.

    My father says that the descent into barbarism for the heer arose because of the brutalisation they experienced on the eastern front. life was cheap for them, he talks about how each man in the unit wondered when it would be their turn to die, not that they might survive. life was cheap for them, so regard for life of the enemy even cheaper. The men were brutalised and disconnected from their humanity so comprehensively that they were prepared to do anything really, and sadly, often did.

    A sad and disturbing study in history
     
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