Episode 5 is set in the winter of 1938 to the summer of 1939. Maria and Otto start a relationship. After no word for 12 years, Paul (Maria's husband) sends a letter saying he will visit. Maria is distraught. Otto leaves. Much misery. Ernst (the youngest son) runs off because he hates his father and joins the Hitler Jugend Air Brigade. Anton is eager to see his dad and writes poems for him. Maria and Anton go to meet Paul at the ship, but they don't let him off because he cannot prove Aryan descent. Hilter announces war with Poland saying that Poland attacked first. People do not seem upset but rather determined to beat the Poles. There are a few references to Jews having a hard time. The village is still changing. With the new highway, it is no longer on the route from Prague to Berlin. Everyone passes them by now.
Episode 6 is set during the height of the war 1942. Ernst is now a fighter pilot. Anton is fighting in Russia. Life on the home front has its privations, but is not too bad. In fact, sometimes the women forget that a war is going on. Anton's pregnant girlfriend comes to live with Maria, and she and Anton marry by proxy. A contingent of French POWs are stationed at the village as workers. Weigund (Anton's cousin) is in the SS but has gotten out of combat for medical reasons. He guards the French. He is brutal and heartless. At one point, he discusses in hush-hush terms the 'final solution' and it's clear he knows what is happening since friends in the SS are doing the dirty work. Otto (Maria's half-Jewish lover and the father of her 3rd son) is working on a bomb squad. He is depressed and views himself as already dead.
It took me 5 months to get through this DVD. It covered the pre-war period which was mainly about the changes in the village as the Nazi government put so much work into infrastructure. But not much happened to my eyes. However, I am looking forward to the 3rd DVD which covers the end of WWII and the post-war period.
Heimat episode 7