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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Germans in a Bad War
An extraordinary German television series about a group of five young Berliners during the Second World War. A number of Jewish characters, including one of the five, draw out the moral dilemmas of the other four as they struggle to be both loyal Germans and decent human beings in situations where they can only be one or the other. This is an amazingly honest and...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment
The BBC sub titles were fabulous but ooooh dear!! The film company had used different interpretaters and the sub titles were abridged and sometimes none at all. Disgusting.
Published 2 months ago by D Sherwin


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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Germans in a Bad War, 13 April 2014
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An extraordinary German television series about a group of five young Berliners during the Second World War. A number of Jewish characters, including one of the five, draw out the moral dilemmas of the other four as they struggle to be both loyal Germans and decent human beings in situations where they can only be one or the other. This is an amazingly honest and intelligent effort to portray the psychology of the five, whose characters are sharply delineated by superb directing and acting. Caught up in a war which they did not seek they must nevertheless come to terms with it. My only reservation was the improbability of the Jewish character remaining good friends with the ideologically committed pair amongst the five. I'm not giving any more away!
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the same producers as Downfall this three parter is ..., 11 July 2014
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From the same producers as Downfall this three parter is absolutely compelling, the sub-titles somehow add to the heartbreaking grimness the 5 main characters found themselves in.
On par with Downfall
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see series!, 3 Aug 2014
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I watched this on BBC2 and LOVED it but missed the first episode. Bought it & have watched it 3 times since. Its such an incredible series & you get used to reading the subtitles very quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Generation war, 15 July 2014
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Truly a good story stunningly portrayed by the actors. It was interesting to see the other side of the conflict using authentic equipment and uniforms. Overall very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Generation War This was a truly gripping drama showing the ..., 18 July 2014
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This was a truly gripping drama showing the horrors of war and how it affected the lives of the young protagonists we meet in the first section. It was so interesting to see it from the German perspective for a change - I watched a recording of a panel discussion on it when I had finished. It has been very controversial and criticised in some of the countries where it has been screened. I thought the ending was a bit unbelievable but I appreciate it was a drama not a documentary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Human spirit (no spoilers included in this review), 11 May 2014
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This 3 part drama has just finished airing on BBC 2 and has been a truly excellent WWII drama. We rarely see dramas about WWII from the German point of view - yes, we get documentaries on Yesterday, but most of the time these are bias and most of the WWII TV series are from the Allied perspective, e.g. We'll Meet Again; Enemy at the Door and more recently, The Crimson Field. This is not a criticism - merely an observation.

Generation War tells the story of 5 friends during the years 1943 to the end of WWII in 1945. It starts with the 5 of them having a party and innocently believing that the war will be a short one - that they'll all be together again in Berlin by Christmas. Of course the tragedy is, that we know how long WWII lasted and how it changed the lives of all those who lived through it - whether they were on the frontline fighting or not.

It is a story of the human spirit's struggle to survive in the face of some of history's worst atrocities, but it warns us that no one comes away from something like this without being damaged and that, that damage will last a life time - what once was, will never be again, and this is heart wrenching.

What I liked about this drama in particular was that it wasn't bias towards any side - it simply showed things as they must have been for all those involved and that, in the end, the soldiers on both sides had little choice but to just follow orders from the top - it wasn't their war, it was the politicians' war.

Overall, an excellent drama and well worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 8 July 2014
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Everything was well done
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant viewing. Good to see the war from that ..., 17 July 2014
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I watched this when in was on T V . Brilliant viewing. Good to see the war from that different perspective. All the main characters were believable. I bought the DVD so that I could watch the series again in the future.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Big Disappointment, 14 Jun 2014
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The BBC sub titles were fabulous but ooooh dear!! The film company had used different interpretaters and the sub titles were abridged and sometimes none at all. Disgusting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective on the conflict, 1 July 2014
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From the people who bought us the brilliant Downfall, it had to be quality production. Saw it first on BBC 4 until the snooker over-ran into Episode 2 so had to buy it on DVD. Brilliant acting and production and direction of the highest order. I would recommend this very highly. Well researched too as the detail is very authentic in terms of clothing , uniforms and weaponry.
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