Billed as a German BAND OF BROTHERS, the blockbuster miniseries Generation War vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler. Level-headed, highly-decorated officer Wilhelm (Volker Bruch) goes off to the eastern front with his sensitive younger brother Friedhelm (Tom Schilling). Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte (Miriam Stein), a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Red Cross. Greta (Katherina Schüttler) is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, while her Jewish boyfriend Viktor (Ludwig Trepte) fights for his life while hiding among members of the Polish Resistance.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
As television drama, Generation War is unquestionably effective. As dramatized history, it is pretty questionable.A.O. Scott, New York Times, 01.21.2014
Overly melodramatic but fairly engrossing ...Rob Nelson, Variety, 01.15.2014
"Generation War" has a texture and an interest that American stories do not.Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 02.27.2014
Viewers require more from the plight of these characters ... than the film is equipped to give.Michelle Orange, Village Voice, 01.14.2014