Watching the documentary “Mein Krieg” was certainly something that made me puzzled. After I was done watching the documentary, my reflection upon it was “why?” Why were these boys, at the time, allowed to record this “journey”? This was essentially a compilation of home videos of what these boys went through, and some of the images soon were certainly disturbing. The question I asked above is something I cannot answer myself, only speculate and assume. I cannot assume that all these boys knew their exact purpose, but it is like they saw this as an opportunity to visit different places and document like one would do on vacation. But what I did think about that maybe these boys were allowed to record what they did to show the greatness, humility, or simplicity of those involved in the Nazi party. It is very hard to put into words what I am assuming from watching this documentary, because I am not in that position. If they truly believed in the cause and ideology at the time, then maybe they documented this to look back on the “good times.” But because this is something I cannot understand, this is something I would not want to remember if I was put in this position. Obviously from the reactions of these men watching these videos and even seeing themselves, these were not all happy memories or something that they were proud of. I looked up articles about this documentary to see how others reacted after watching it, and review from the New York Times certainly hits the points that struck me most. In particular when asked questions about how seemingly normal people were able to slaughter other innocent people, with a simple answer of: “Do I have to answer that?” (Maslin). That simple answer depicts the guiltiness of that particular man, but it could represent the feelings of the others as well. Regardless, it is certain that the men re-watching these videos are not done in complete happiness and without guilt.
But I would just like to ask what others think about their ability to record all that went on and why do you think this was allowed?
Maslin, Janet. “Mein Krieg (1991).” New York Times. Last modified May 21, 1993. Accessed November 19, 2015.http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9F0CE4D71431F932A15756C0A965958260.
“Wehrmacht infantrymen marching across Russia’s vast steppes, 1942.” Wikipedia. 1942.https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-217-0465-32A,_Russland,_Soldaten_auf_dem_Marsch.jpg