The Stolen Childhood - Trauma Third Reich
Lenght: 3 x 45'
Year of production: 2016
Country of production: Germany
Author: Katharina Hoier
In this three-part documentary we hear from contemporary witnesses whose childhood could not have been more different. Whereas Günter, who despite his communist upbringing had been seduced by Nazi propaganda, was fighting for his life as a child soldier on the front, little Monika was fearful for her missing father and later secretly wished the war had taken him. Then there was Ruth, a Jewish girl, who together with her mother and her little sister hid from Hitler’s henchmen in a summer house. Three children of the war with one thing in common: the trauma of the Third Reich. The Second World War came to an end seventy years ago, but the scars remain. What did the smallest of the small have to suffer in this clash of the Titans? How can a child’s soul cope with so much pain? Author Hilke Lorenz and paediatric psychologist Dr. Andreas Krüger address such questions.