Apparently, in Germany it's sort of an unspoken tradition that while there has been tacit acceptance of the attrocities of the Gestapo and the SS, one should always have reverance for the German foot soldier of WWII. It is understood that common members of the German Army aren't to blame for the horrors of that historical period, and to place blame on them would be to villify the family members of virtually every younger generation of German citizen that came after. This film challenges the innocence of those soldiers, centering around a recent art exhibit that opened in Germany that notes the inhuman acts of the citizenry with unwavering directness. While the actual history presented in the film is muddled and not as abrasively inportant as it portends to be (it's not necessarily shocking to know that it wasn't just a minority of the Nazi party committing terrible acts, but was done so with the acceptance of the overall German population), it is interesting to see the different reactions of the contemporary German people to the Werhmacht exhibit. We see two different examples of WWII Army soldiers talking about their experiences; one of them defending with tremendous vitriol his service to the German military, and another expressing true remorse and disgust for some of the things he saw and did. The amount of time spent on views of the protestors outside the museum confirms the people's antipathy towards this acknowledgement of truth, and the casual American observer may ask himself why. Of course, we may think back to periods in our own hitory, the best example being the Vietnam War, and recall those moments of great nationalist anxiety whenever a harsh reality is presented about American actions in that country. Scores of tales of human barbarity and war crimes have been told concerning our very own fathers, brothers, uncles and aunts, and it's not easy to acquiesce to such stories. The truth hurts, and as a result, I can sympathize with the critics of such an unmercifully direct attack on the humanity and credibility of German soldiers in such a way, while still acknowledging art as the medium through which great truth is spoken, whether pleasant or not. The documentary itself has many flaws; the look and pacing of the film is sometimes eye-crossingly dull and there is a lack of effort to provide any kind of context at all (names of the interviewees are never given, nor why they have the authority to comment on the mtters discussed, where we are or any background information on the exhibit). As a result, I wouldn't recommend this film very highly to anyone who doesn't have an interest in WWII history or a yen to think about people's responsibility to acknowledge a truth of great horror.