On Common Ground: An American-German WWII Reunion

Overview

Over a half a century after the last shots were fired at the Huertgen, German and American soldiers agreed to reunite on the battlefield to reconcile the pains of the past, recount their wartime memories, and look beneath the surface to address the questions that have haunted soldiers on both sides of the war for decades. With a combined total of over 60,000 casualties inflicted on American and German soldiers, the battle waged in the Huertgen Forest is considered one of the bloodiest waged in all of World War ...
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Overview

Over a half a century after the last shots were fired at the Huertgen, German and American soldiers agreed to reunite on the battlefield to reconcile the pains of the past, recount their wartime memories, and look beneath the surface to address the questions that have haunted soldiers on both sides of the war for decades. With a combined total of over 60,000 casualties inflicted on American and German soldiers, the battle waged in the Huertgen Forest is considered one of the bloodiest waged in all of World War II. Fought in the cold heart of a punishing winter, this six-month campaign continues to strike horror into the hearts of veterans on both sides. In addition to respectful interviews conducted with the soldiers who were right in the thick of the fight, this documentary also includes commentary by WWII news correspondent Walter Cronkite, respected newsman Tom Brokaw, and John Kenneth Galbraith, and offers rare footage captured by American combat cameramen.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by director, Jessica Glass, and surviving American WWII veteran, Michael Eliasof; Commentary by Daniel Goldhagen, the author of "Hitler's Willing Executioners," providing his view of the Holocaust; A scene of reconciliation between German soldier and director
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • UPC: 829567009727
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Virgil Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 77,585

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Brokaw Participant
Walter Cronkite Participant
Daniel J. Goldhagen Participant
John Kenneth Galbraith Participant
Technical Credits
David Eilenberg Director, Producer
Jessica Glass Director, Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [6:53]
2. War Was an Adventure [8:09]
3. Encounter With the Enemy [2:28]
4. Friendly Fire [11:49]
5. Life in a Fox Hole [5:06]
6. Women & Letters From Home [2:15]
7. Bathing From a Helmut [1:49]
8. "Souvenirs" [5:05]
9. War's Aftermath [12:43]
10. First Encounters [12:07]
11. I'll Be Seeing You [3:54]
12. End Credits [1:49]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Feature
   Scene Selections
   Bonus Material
      Behind the Scenes
      On Common Ground Trailer
      Map of Battle Location
      List of Military Divisions
         US Divisions
         German Divisions
   Director's Audio Commentary
      Director's Commentary: On
      Director's Commentary: Off
   Coming Soon
      2 Days
      The Holy Land
      The Tale of Tillie's Dragon
      Corn
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