In the mid–1950s, West Germans were ready to fight the Second World War again, this time at the cinema. This paper analyses Kinder, Mütter und ein General, a war film in which a band of courageous women pushed to the eastern front in March 1945 to bring home their sons who had only just put on Wehrmacht uniforms. The paper concludes that the film indicates how West Germans had come to understand the past of the war a decade after the shooting stopped, and how memories of the war also shaped contemporary discussions of rearmement, the rehabilitation of the Wehrmacht, and the redefinition of ‘a women's place’ after the defeat of Fascism.
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Subjects: European History
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