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Generation War

Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe and that will forever change them as well.

Episodes

Episode 1

Five friends besieged by twisted ideologies and raw violence.

Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe and that will forever change them as well.

Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm is off to the eastern front with his younger brother Friedhelm, a sensitive dreamer more interested in literature than warfare. Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte, a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Wehrmacht, also on the eastern front.

While Greta is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, her Jewish boyfriend Viktor still cannot convince his parents to leave Germany Valor and courage come to the fore, but also betrayal of values, beliefs, humanity. Friedhelm turns into a soulless killing machine Wilhelm deserts his troops and is court-martialed Charlottes Nazi ideology crumbles when she betrays a Jewish nurse helping the German army Greta obtains papers for Viktors escape by selling herself to an SS colonel. They and millions of others wanted to be heroes; but none of them could imagine what the war would ultimately do to them and to the rest of the world

Episode 2

After the initial great military successes, the German army push on towards Moscow. The longer the war in the East, war-veteran Lieutenant William and his brother Friedhelm, experiences the horrors of the Russian campaign . When the two witnesses of a pogrom in a Ukrainian farming village will in which a German SS-officer shoots a 14- year-old girl despite the intervention of William, their previous notions of war comes to a falter. In the hospital, Charlotte also meets the disillusioning reality of war. Greta is getting closer to becoming a celebrated singer and uses her charm to help Victor get out of Germany.

Generation War
  • RTÉ Two, Sunday, 9.00pm