Film-webinar "Heroes of (Not) Our Time": Watch the first episode of the series "Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter", f.d. Niko Hofman
"...sheds light on the tension between historical consciousness (of guilt) and emotional engagement (with suffering) that continues to define German memory culture"
Biography Research Centre AITIA is glad to invite you on February 21st at 19:00 to watch the first episode of the series "Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter" ("Our Mothers, our Fathers", the film also known as Generation War), which is dedicated to the events of the Second World War.
The film was created by German film director Niko Hofman (born in 1959), whose parents were prototypes for some of the film characters.
Plot: Five friends are having a farewell party before being sent to the Eastern front to Russia. They are sure that they will return to Germany for Christmas to celebrate the victory. But this reunion on Christmas Day in 1941 did not take place.
According to the German weekly paper "Spiegel", this film was "a new milestone in the history of German memorial culture".
We invite you to joint watching and the discussion. We hope to unite Russian and German audience in the dialogue about this film.
Film in German with Russian subtitles. 18+
You can participate in the discussion on Skype: le-art-spb is a Skype account with which you can join the conversation**
Knowledge of both languages is not necessary, you can speak Russian or German. Translation is possible.
Address: Saint-Petersburg, Mendeleeva line 5, Institute of Philosophy SPbU, 3rd floor, room 142.
The event is free, you should only show your passport at the entrance.
* Sources: Ассман А. Новое недовольство мемориальной культурой. М.: Новое литературное обозрение, 2016. 232 с.; Katherine Stone, 2016. Sympathy, Empathy, and Postmemory: Problematic Positions in Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter. The Modern Language Review, 111(2), S.454; Schmitz, H., 2016. ‘TÄTER LITE’ – UNSERE MÜTTER, UNSERE VÄTER AND THE MANUFACTURING OF EMPATHY WITH GERMAN WARTIME TRAUMA. German Life and Letters, 69(3), S.365–386.; Cohen-Pfister, L. (2014). Claiming the Second World War and Its Lost Generation: Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter and the Politics of Emotion. Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies, 50(1), 104–123. Follow the news of biographycentre.org with further information about these sources*
** The organizers of the film-webinar suggest online-guests to inform in advance about the more convenient format of connection to the discussion of the film. The effective participatory process at the webinar depends on the fulfillment of the registration form by each participant.