The Unknown Soldier

Overview

Academy Award-nominated director Michael Verhoeven unearths the long-buried truth about Nazi Germany in this documentary exploring the Wehrmacht Exhibition - a controversial display consisting of personal letters, photographs, and film footage that implicate common foot soldiers in some of the most horrific atrocities ever committed against mankind. When most folks think of World War II, names like Hitler, Himmler, and Eichmann offer a comforting means of confining evil to a relative few: But what of the ...
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Overview

Academy Award-nominated director Michael Verhoeven unearths the long-buried truth about Nazi Germany in this documentary exploring the Wehrmacht Exhibition - a controversial display consisting of personal letters, photographs, and film footage that implicate common foot soldiers in some of the most horrific atrocities ever committed against mankind. When most folks think of World War II, names like Hitler, Himmler, and Eichmann offer a comforting means of confining evil to a relative few: But what of the countless soldiers who carried out their diabolical plans - aren't they just as much to blame for the horrors that we read about in our history books? Despite the fact that the sons and grandsons of these soldiers have refuted the damning evidence that vilifies their forefathers, the fact remains that the Nazi leaders couldn't have cemented their terrifying stronghold over Europe without some serious backup, and as Verhoeven and his crew travel to the killing fields of the Eastern Front while speaking with historians, experts, soldiers, and eyewitnesses, the viewer bears witness to an insecure nation's desperate attempts to reconcile its proud history and dark legacy.
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Special Features

Archival photo gallery; Director bio; WWII film trailer gallery
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • UPC: 720229913096
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: Deutsche
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,824

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hannes Heer Participant
Dieter Pohl Participant
Myriam Y. Arani Participant
Dirk Rupnow Participant
Rudolf Moessner Participant
Technical Credits
Michael Verhoeven Director, Producer
Uwe Ahlborn Cinematographer
Britta Becker Cinematographer
Ernest Ludwig Ganzert Producer
Martin Grubinger Score Composer
Holger Hahn Cinematographer
Joerg Hieronymus Cinematographer
Gabriele Krober Editor
Valentin Kurz Cinematographer
Knut Muhaik Cinematographer
Art Percussion Score Composer
Peter Petridis Cinematographer
Stefan Schindler Cinematographer
Christoph Wirsing Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Unknown Soldier
1. Opening Sequence [4:17]
2. The German Army Is Not to Blame [4:19]
3. One Doesn't Speak About It [4:15]
4. Insulted by the Exhibit [7:10]
5. What Was the Average German Capable Of? [6:09]
6. How Did Anti-Semitism Devolop Into Genocide? [6:05]
7. Prison at Dubno [7:53]
8. Suspicions of Forged Material [9:45]
9. Orders Are Orders [6:56]
10. Policy Concerning the Soviets and Jews [9:33]
11. Persecution and Extermination of the Jews [7:29]
12. Street of Death [9:16]
13. Silent Death [11:45]
14. End Credits [1:56]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Unknown Soldier
   Start Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Photo Gallery
      Filmmaker Biography
      WWII DVD Gallery
   First Run Features
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