Documentary Film “The Last Journey” on Aarti

ÜMore than seven decades after the end of the war, it seems difficult to find contemporary witnesses to a World War II documentary. But young people and children in the past can also vividly describe what they themselves experienced and learned from their parents – they also tell stories with faces marked by what they experienced and what their parents described.

Sandra Neumann and Jan Peter (“Rohwedder”, “Deutschland 9/11″) spoke to people who lived, in April 1945, in the villages of Glienig and Buckow in Brandenburg and a few hundred kilometers away, in Upper Austria, who had lived the past weeks of ” The Third Reich”. They asked about the plane that crashed into a wooded area south of Berlin and I listened.

The Junkers Ju 52, which flew from the capital on April 20, carrying a token, remains the subject of wild rumors to this day. Assumptions range that only very important people were on board shortly after the start of the “Battle of Berlin”, yes, perhaps guests on the way back from the “Fuhrer’s Birthday”. Some believe that Hitler himself survived that night.

Surprised to deal with the past

Those who did not come from the villages and were interested in the plane crash, such as Volker Lashki, who moved to an old farm in Baku after reunification and repeatedly encountered the remains of the plane like pieces of outer skin in a forest, was amazed at the handling of the plane of the past: “Sometimes it is It’s kind of weird how unwilling over time people are to respond to the truth.”

Filmmakers were also amazed: How could there be so little information about an event as dramatic as the crash of a plane carrying 18 people? Her film shows that this is also connected to other Fall Time events relevant to the lives of many people: the arrival of Russian soldiers, the fears, the rapes and suicides in those weeks. Perhaps also with shyness. Some residents are said to have found jewelry and money and kept them in the wreckage.

Above all, after the passengers were buried in a cemetery, concrete evidence to solve the mystery had been lacking for decades. Debris scattered, unidentified corpses remained war dead. The families of the victims did not know that their relatives were on the plane. No one found out there was a survivor – although he had previously visited the crash site during the GDR era and also contacted the administration of nearby villages, who were said to have received him “in a very unfriendly way”.

The run in the direction of Salzkammergut

Only when Kurt Runge appeared at Glienig back in 1998 and told about the downing of the plane did the secret begin to be revealed. “I found the details a day earlier,” says aviation historian Gunther Ott. He asserts that the question of who was on the ship remains a mystery. Only a few names are known, perhaps the most notable being the pro-regime director Hans Steinhof (“Hitlerjunge Quex”).

Thanks to Runge, the engineer, who also recorded the conditions of his working flight in his pocket diary, the main data became clear: the plane that crashed was one of the last civilian planes to leave besieged Berlin in 1945 – with Prague and Ennes near. Linz as destinations, one both important area for the manufacture of weapons such as “bonzes” fleeing in the direction of the Salzkammergut.

To this day, the children who helped camouflage the airport in Enns can’t get rid of photos of the death marches from the nearby Mauthausen concentration camp. They tell the filmmakers that they already knew about the murders of Jews in the camp.

These are small, highly personal eyewitness stories on the edge of the plane mystery that make up the documentary. And they appear under your skin, as do the eerily staged mannequins that filmmakers use to complement elegantly edited archive footage from the final weeks of the war. This is modern history television cleverly marketed as a true crime documentary.

last flightIt’s 11:20 p.m., Art.


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