In 1944 many Germans in Eastern Prussia believed like Lena von Mahlenberg, daughter of a local aristocrat, that Hitler would surrender and spare them from being invaded by the vengeful Russian Red Army. He didn't and they had to flee.

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Maria Furtwängler ...
Lena Gräfin von Mahlenberg
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Francois Beauvais
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Heinrich Graf von Gernstorff
Gabriela Maria Schmeide ...
Babette
Jürgen Hentsch ...
Berthold Graf von Mahlenberg
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Rüdiger Graf von Gernstorff
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Sophie Gräfin von Gernstorff
Max von Thun ...
Ferdinand, Graf von Gernstorff
Josef Mattes ...
Fritz
Stella Kunkat ...
Victoria 'Vicky'
Michael Ginsburg ...
Mikolai
Barbara Morawiecz ...
Oma Herta
Marie-Luise Schramm ...
Waltraud
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Louis
Beate Abraham ...
Frau Meister
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In 1944 many Germans in Eastern Prussia believed like Lena von Mahlenberg, daughter of a local aristocrat, that Hitler would surrender and spare them from being invaded by the vengeful Russian Red Army. He didn't and they had to flee.

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The drama's first part drew an audience of 11.18 million viewers in Germany, making it the network's most successful movie for the last 10 years. See more »

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Why are we so ashamed to understand that we are humans too?
11 June 2010 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

You see, it is different to be an American than to be a German. Americans won the war. Germans lost it. I've had to deal all my life with my father's flight from Silesia to South America running away from the Russians. You never had bombs falling on your head. You were not an East Prussian, A Silesian... You didn't live in Dresden when the bombers came. You didn't loose your home, your parents, your sons, your neighbors, your country. But my family does know because it was there.

When I read your words, as well intentioned as they may be, I understand why the History Channel shows so many American and British WWII aces shooting down German pilots to bring peace and order to the world. Because they were right. Because they were good. Because there's no doubt that their goodness and rightness was the real goodness and the real rightness that, thank God, won over evil and reigns victorious in the world today...

Because that's what you think, isn't it? It gives you peace and so does it to many millions more. How good you can sleep at night and teach those that were directly underneath your bombs how to behave today. Because, that's all too clear, they have still a lot to learn, a lot not to forget. Keep your righteous words coming. The world needs them. We Germans need them. We are eager to hear them. Thank you so very much! By the way... I loved the film. Though it saddened me deeply to watch it.


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