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Overview of Period Dramas 2013/2014

Here’s a list of current and upcoming period dramas with release dates and summaries for this year (2013) and next (2014)! Update: Please check Period Dramas 2014 and Upcoming Period Dramas 2015-Future for a list of period dramas from 2014 onwards. Don’t forget that you can see the complete lists of period dramas in the Movies and TV …

Period Dramas at VIFF 2013;
Vancouver, World of Costume

Period Dramas at VIFF 2013

The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is back from 26 September – 11 October and here are eight period dramas that will be shown: Camille Claudel, 1915 – 97 min. French “French actress Juliette Binoche plays Camille Claudel some years after the famous sculptress was committed to a benevolent asylum by her family. Pinning her hopes …

Bernhard Schlink: Being German is a huge burden (My Thoughts);
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Bernhard Schlink: Being German is a huge burden (My Thoughts)

Bernhard Schlink: Being German is a huge burden (My Thoughts)

“Naturally, we have an everlasting responsibility for the crimes of national-socialism, for the victims of World War II, and above all, for the Holocaust…

“We must clearly say, generation after generation, and say it again: with courage, civil courage, each individual can help ensure that racism and anti-Semitism have no chance…

“We’re facing our history, we’re not hiding anything, we’re not repressing anything. We must confront this to make sure we are a good and trustworthy partner in the future, as we already are today, thankfully.” – Chancellor Angela Merkel

Merkel: Holocaust guilt is ‘everlasting’ (thelocal.de)

Bernhard Schlink is the author of The Reader (Der Vorleser). This is related to my last German paper (equivalent to a ‘thesis’ that I never had to write) on German ‘guilt’ that seems to still go on, 67 years after the war. I’m aware that there are some [younger] Germans (citizens and those with the heritage) who’ve never felt any ‘guilt’ over the dark past (WWII, Holocaust) nor have they been called ‘Nazis’ as a joke. Despite the fact that my German relations were not involved with the Nazis (to the best of my knowledge), I’ve somehow carried this guilt in me, since I was 9 (or around the time I learned about WWII), for a number of reasons: 1) I’m very proud of Germany and anything to do with it; 2) my grandparent grew up in Nazi Germany; 3) I love history and war films constantly remind me of the past; 4) because of my close connection with the elderly, I feel remorse for anyone non-German who grew up during WWII.
Because of this ‘guilt’, I’ve always felt that I owe it to everyone to make sure that such a horrendous crime would never happen again and will do everything I can to help the victims of racism. In some ways, I’m trying to give Germany a new slate. One cannot erase the past, but one can start anew.

Dachau, the Father of Concentration Camps;
Travel

Dachau, the Father of Concentration Camps

Dachau Altstadt is said to be a beautiful medieval/Renaissance/Baroquue town, but I didn’t have time for it this time. Unlike at Auschwitz, visitors to Dachau Concentration Camp do not have to be led by a tour guide but rather, go independently with an audio guide (which wasn’t even necessary, in the end). There weren’t very many tourists for …