Films about discovering the truth about Germany's past
September 25, 2012 3:27 AM   Subscribe

I just saw a new film called "The Dead and the Living" (Barbara Albert), about a twenty-something girl uncovering the truth about her family's history in Nazi Germany. It reminded me of Costa-Gavras' "The Music Box". Does anyone have any other recommendations for films on a similar theme, specifically about Germany, and specifically about the process of uncovering of the past rather than (as in say "Downfall" or "Das Boot") the past itself?
posted by Holly to Media & Arts (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The Nasty Girl?
posted by Grangousier at 3:35 AM on September 25, 2012 [7 favorites]

The Odessa File
posted by pompomtom at 3:38 AM on September 25, 2012

I'm only ten pages in, but I think The Lost: A Search of Six Million may fit the bill.
posted by zizzle at 4:23 AM on September 25, 2012

Sarah's Key.
posted by THAT William Mize at 4:35 AM on September 25, 2012

Ahh, sorry. I see you were looking for films....still think you may find the book fits.
posted by zizzle at 4:38 AM on September 25, 2012

The Reader
Marathon Man
posted by caek at 4:43 AM on September 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

It takes place in Ukraine rather than Germany, but otherwise Everything is Illuminated is (partly) about this.
posted by drlith at 5:42 AM on September 25, 2012

Sophie's Choice.
posted by aqsakal at 5:58 AM on September 25, 2012

Not sure if these hit the mark, but FWIW:
Left Luggage?
The Debt?
posted by AwkwardPause at 6:54 AM on September 25, 2012

A book: how German is it by Walter Abish
posted by bq at 8:27 AM on September 25, 2012

Man of Marble fits that same theme but takes place in Poland. Great film. Bonus: excellent soundtrack.
posted by perhapses at 8:55 AM on September 25, 2012

Response by poster: Thank you everyone - really useful.
posted by Holly at 3:42 PM on September 25, 2012

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