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  • Summary: The Wehrmacht-Exhibition, which was shown in eleven major cities in Germany between 1999 and 2004 and was visited by more than 500,000 attendants, challenged ordinary Germans to rethink what their fathers and grandfathers did during the war. Whereas most had been led to believe that the cold-blooded murder of civilians had been a crime of a minority of officers, for the first time Germans saw photos and footage of ordinary soldiers gleefully tormenting and executing civilians on the Eastern front. The nation was shaken, and large protests were organized by those who believed the evidence was manufactured. (First Run Features)
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  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    The cumulative evidence that genocide could not have occurred without the cooperation of the German army is overwhelming.
  2. 70
    The reckoning with the past, which has occupied West German society since the 1960s, has been painful and divisive, which makes the calm, empirical spirit of this film all the more impressive.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    70
    Where Verhoeven loses his way is when he allows himself to sink into a seemingly endless recounting of atrocities, getting away from the main moral and philosophical questions his film brings up so provocatively.
  4. Reviewed by: Julia Wallace
    50
    The film eventually becomes one long therapy session for the German nation as it struggles to understand how its brave and good soldiers could have done such bad, bad things. We, the viewers, are forced to take on the uncomfortable role of therapist.
  5. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    50
    It is a painful but important subject, to be certain, but the film dilutes its own effectiveness by devolving into a collection of talking heads who often seem to be repeating each other.
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  1. Aug 11, 2013
    4
    I think we should have dropped the bomb on Germany and totally destroyed them, they have twice done this and we should have just totally destroyed them, Instead of Japan. Expand