Mein Krieg reaction
Mein Krieg was a striking and very powerful movie. Even more so knowing that the main film in the movie was taken by actual soldiers in the war. It touches on the idea that these soldiers were just ordinary men, people like any other. I always wondered how the soldiers who survived the war and the trials afterward, handled the events they went through. I wondered if they were able to go back to their day to day life, and if the trials of war affected them. Coming from a large military family, I know that PTSD and war is a horrible thing to witness. For some reason I felt that the German soldiers of WWII would be different in some way. I thought for a while that these men had to be monsters in some way to fight and defend the Nazi party. After watching Mein Krieg, I came to the conclusion that the majority of the men who fought this war were nothing of the latter. They were normal people, who were told that what they were doing was right. One of these men even said he now understands the meaning behind the rigorous training rituals they had to go through. It was to break the soldiers down to nothing, so that they will obey any order they were given later.
After hearing a statement like that, it makes the reactions of the other men more understandable. The ones who are still in a kind of denial that what they did was wrong, in any way. This makes me sad, because you could see on their faces there was something behind their eyes that they were not saying. There is only so much that we can learn without experiencing it ourselves.
- Mein Krieg. Directed by Harriet Eder. Kino on Video, 2000. Film.