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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Excellent film, history buffs would like...
28 March 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

My comment is more directed to the previous comments from Mr. Rob Ogan.

Mr. Ogan's comments are very accurate however there is a simple explanation as to why the Soviet war crimes where not more accurately depicted. A national shame for the crimes committed by the Nazis is still carried and will be carried by the German people for as long as Germany is a nation. Nazi war crimes are taught and discussed from the fifth grade on, with one common thought: We will never forget/It must never happen again.

I agree with Mr. Ogan when he says "The film could have shown more Soviet atrocities to show what hell it really was for these poor people. The film shows some of the horror, but a couple of times it focuses back on German crimes, which we hear about every time we turn on the History Channel".

However it is simply unacceptable to depict the Soviet Military accurately without making references to how the German Wehrmacht treated the Russian peasants during the initial invasion and the following pullout, of Russia. Natually such a thing would require adding another 20 or more minutes to an already lengthy film.

My final word is this, most everyone here in Germany where shocked and at the same time pleased that Arte and BR had the courage to produce such a film. If the reader is a History fanatic, you will enjoy the opportunity to glimpse a most personal perspective of the second world war.


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