An Iron Box

Biografie
Independent
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German
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The filmmaker Nils Olger suspects that his grandfather was involved in massacres in Italy during WWII. With the help of a few photos, he sets out in search of this family legacy. Olaf Jürgenssen, Nils Olger's grandfather, served as a medic in the SS at the end of the war. During the withdrawal from northern Italy, his unit committed a series of massacres on the civilian population. But Jürgenssen was also a photographer and he kept his negatives in an iron box. Olger uses the photographic negatives as points of reference as he compares landscapes and buildings then and now, and he strikes up conversations with people who still remember what happened.