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An underrated masterpiece
7 May 2010 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I've seen this documentary a lot of times, but every time I see it, It just makes me cry. Van Gasteren has made a powerful, yet underrated statement about the war after being liberated. The story follows Reinier, the son of a former victim from Hitlers concentration camps. We see a person deeply touched en affected by what happened to his father. Not because of compassion, but by trauma. Reiniers father survived the war, but was forever destroyed by the horrors suffered and witnessed in Hitlers death-camps. What strikes me most in this documentary is how one man's trauma, becomes the emotional scar of the entire family. The horrors suffered and witnessed by one man; became the horrors of his wife and children. This story, however sad and moving, is a must-see for all those opposed to war. But those who see war as a reasonable solution to their problems, should see it as well. Plato said it many years ago: Only the death have seen the end of war.


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