The 8mm You Hold in Your Hand and Shoot With.
Photo Journalism, Business, and other careers were where some of the men in Mein Krieg wanted to go with their lives. Instead they were drafted into the military. We all know how harmful this draft was, whether for those who wanted field jobs or desk jobs all wound up with a different kind of field job. One that required you to be broken and become malleable. “What could I have done?”  was one of the quotes from early in the film that stuck out to me. Someone who at 17 or 18 at the time was lost within the system that sent people into their own pine box.
“What could I have done?” he asks, yet he did do something. He recorded some of the happenings during this time and was able to show some of the horrific scenes that they were faced with on a day to day basis. at such a young age and of such pliable demeanor after years of dedicated tearing he was one of many like the 488 of 500 at Jozefow who would stay enlisted due to fear of penalty. This is not to imply he was one of the Reserve Police Battalion 101, but that his situation was similar. A way in which it was different was that these men filmed their experience when they could which provides an interesting insight into the party mentality as well as the the conditions in which they worked. I found the opening images of Mein Krieg to be very telling of the stories to come in the film and just a light painting of what atrocities they faced.
 Mein Krieg. Directed by Harriet Eder. Kino on Video, 1997. Film.