The history of Greece during World War II is hardly known to a wider European public. And in Greece itself one knows little about the life-stories of the “Wehrmachtskinder” – a taboo even today. Most of the “Deutschenkinder” on their part keep silent. But by growing older, having time and more peace and distance to the past, experiences – repressed for a longer period – establish themselves into consciousness again. Then, through talking one can free oneself and can come to terms with one’s fate.
On the basis of interviews taken with children of German soldiers in Greece the author observes the biographical everyday lives – embedded in particular historical circumstances –, puts questions again and looks for answers:
How did the children grow up?
How did they react, if they felt in opposition to their environment or even were exposed to hostility?
Which attitudes and behaviours shape their actions in view of the fact that the parents belonged to nations which were enemies?
Did they long for the absent, unknown father?
How difficult the search for him turned out to be and thus the one for their own identity?
Is there a reason, that especially boys often developed into a fighter?
2008, 216 pages, paperback, 24 x 21 cm;