The series tells the story of Hermann Steputat, born in 1934, in the village of Jokehnen in Eastern Prussia. The day he is born is also the day Hitler comes to power in Germany, and ...
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The series tells the story of Hermann Steputat, born in 1934, in the village of Jokehnen in Eastern Prussia. The day he is born is also the day Hitler comes to power in Germany, and Hermann's grows up under the Nazi regime and during the years of WW2. At first it seems, the village can survive the war, but eventually the Soviets break through the defenses and march into Eastern Prussia. The attempt to of the villagers to join the trek of replaced Germans towards the West is stopped by the Soviet troops, the men from the village are sent to Siberia, women and children are initially sent back to the village, but when the region becomes part of Poland, they are evicted and sent West to Germany under appalling conditions.
My Mom was one of the people displaced from her homeland of Ostpreussen. She was born in Tilsit and her name was Inge Traute Konrad. I am very proud to be her daughter as she has taught me the history of her home. One thing I do have to mention though....I don't like History! She passed away on February 14th 2006, the day of Love! How appropriate! We love each other very much and I was fortunate to learn most of the real History of Germany in the 2nd World War. We purchased the whole movie through an Importer here in Calgary Alberta which enabled us to see it on our VCR. I believe we watched it at least twice...maybe even 3 times. I still have it now and will probably have another look at it when the pain has lessened. If you ever get the chance to view this film, I encourage you to watch! I wish that the youth of TODAY could see what this generation had to go through. There is a lesson to be learned! Sincerely, Gabriele Sylte (Weinhold)
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