Cienie (1988)

Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - Poland, UK  |  
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Georg is blond and blue-eyed and Polish. Like a lot of similar-looking kids, when the Germans swept into Poland at the beginning of World War II, he was taken back to Germany to be raised as a German child -- part of a program inspired by Hitler's crackpot racial eugenics theories. However, at the end of the war, Georg realizes that the unpleasant Bible-thumpers he has been staying with aren't his real parents, and he runs away from home, running into a Polish soldier, whom he is miraculously able to say a few words to. Immediately, the soldier realizes that Georg must be one of the "lebensborn" children stolen from his homeland, and Georg is soon on his way back to his mother and grandparents in Poland, whom he barely remembers. The rest of this drama chronicles his (and their) adjustment to his return, and to the new circumstances that prevail at the war's end.

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atrocity, family, family-reunion, Nazism, rescue, reunion, soldier, war, war-atrocities