Living in Germany at War

Category History
Duration 2x52 min
Year 2020
From a few personal diaries and letters that allow us to hear the voices of German civilians, mostly women, through the remarkable images of amateur films shot over days and seasons, Jérôme Prieur’s film shows how World War II was lived in Germany far from the front, before the country became a besieged citadel.

These individual destinies plunge us into the heart of the country brought to heel by the Nazis, into the everyday chronicle of the 1938 -1945 catastrophe, from the collective euphoria of the first conquests to the deluge of the Allied bombs, submission to anger, twilight to disaster for Germany.
Jérôme Prieur
Executive producer
Dominique Tibi
France 3
Arte distribution
Available versions
Weaving these images with a voice, a work of goldsmith in this case, a major feature of this admirable documentary, does not only allow us to rescue films from oblivion: it gives another meaning to the cries of the witnesses. Suddenly, they are no longer screaming in a vacuum. They can now describe the country that was theirs, and that is no longer.
Le Monde
An exceptional documentary.

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