A disturbing window onto Austria’s past



RUTH BECKERMANN’S films have never shied away from difficult questions.
For her haunting 1996 documentary East of War, she set up camp at the Wehrmachtsausstellung in Vienna — a touring exhibition of photographs depicting the atrocities committed by the Third Reich’s army in World War II.
She did so in the knowledge that Wehrmacht soldiers would turn up. And when they did, she got them to talk. The result is 117 minutes of compelling footage (though Beckermann shot 60 hours’ worth) offering a truly disturbing window onto Austria’s failure to confront its past.
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26 September 2017 in Editorial, Views: 55
Source: Morning Star
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