2 or 3 Things I know about him

2 or 3 Things I know about him

2 or 3 things I know of him

  Much more than those tracks giving and to Jean-Luc Godard, reminiscent of two or three things are not actually that Malte Ludin, who was born in 1942, knows about his father. But what little is already horrible enough. For Elard Hanns Ludin was ardent Nazi, Hitler’s Envoy and Minister Plenipotentiary of the German Reich for Slovakia and therefore responsible for the deportation of Slovak Jews. No Nazi leader of the first guard then, but a compliant powerful and influential Erfüllungsgehilfe.

In December 1947 in Bratislava, Hanns Ludin is executed by the Soviets, his youngest son is now five years old at the time and barely knows his father. But the past did not release Malte Ludin. Although it has been spoken in the family, but little about his father, he was always present, a dark shadow hovering ominously over the Ludin. A sort of silence had all kinds of dumb questions until Malte Ludin to work was to ascertain the truth about his father.

But while Malte Ludin, even from a distance with respect to the foreign father, whom he barely knew, is able to draw a differentiated picture of Hanns Ludin to join his research within his own family to resistance. He kept running into walls, listen to soothing, conjectures, attempts at explanation. In these scenes the film glides almost effortlessly from the field of private life into public life, he shows parallels between the private and social repression practices whose object is the same. Besides the portrait of his father, is formed almost by the way the image of a family, as there are probably hundreds of them in Germany. For the Nazi dictatorship – even if hardly anyone wants to admit – not only the regime of an elitist and hermetic circles of power, but a dictatorship, when it was under the rulers of an elaborate system of vassals, governors and officials of terror. A fact which makes the writing of history a la Guido Knopp and Bernd Eichinger happy to lose sight of where they the focus of media attention, time and again to a few selected Nazis. Even a regime of terror, such as the National this takes superstars to attract the masses to be.

It is questioned not only the family, Malte Ludin, there are also the victims of his father, whom he visits. And these are the most moving moments in a film, one never cold is engaging with the past on a very personal level and therefore provides an important piece of cultural memory. And which is now more than ever threatened. For the generation of those who have inherited the Third Reich itself, goes up to eighty. And once they’re dead, then left alone such films in order never to forget the unspeakable and the embellishment of contending politicians, intellectuals and bishops widespread comparisons to the period of Nazi dictatorship. An exemplary film about remembering, forgetting, and the handling of individual guilt and political responsibility.

Title: 2 or 3 things I know of him Country of production: Germany Year of production: 2004 Length: 85 (min .) material: Plan 7 / Central

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