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Ghosts of Germany's WWII past rise again in 'Generation War'
Ghosts of Germany's WWII past rise again in 'Generation War'

When plans for a Holocaust memorial in Berlin were announced years ago, German writer Martin Walser wondered how many monuments to shame his country would have to build. It was a telling sentiment for a nation that could not cleanse the past yet wanted its young freed from the stain of their Nazi ancestors. The ruin of World War II — bones of the fallen are still occasionally dug up in forests outside Berlin — led to decades of national silence, anger, reparation and collective guilt. But in recent years, German artists and filmmakers have sought more nuanced stories and characters, including a frail and bereft Adolf Hitler, who had been cemented in caricature for fear of...

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