Star-Crossed Lovers

Original title: (Königskinder)
Director:
GDR, 1962, 88 min, b&w
In German; English subtitles

In the final days of WWII the German soldiers Michael and Jürgen are on a Russian military plane to Moscow. In flashbacks, they remember… 

 

Michael, Magdalena and Jürgen were children together in 1930s Berlin, and Michael and Magdalena became lovers. When the Nazis came to power, they went their different ways: Jürgen joined the SA; Michael rebelled and was imprisoned; Magdalena, who had worried about his political activities, took Michael’s place. In 1943, Michael was moved from prison to Penal Unit 999 and deployed in Russia, where he unexpectedly met Jürgen again. Although they were still on politically different sides, when their unit moved to the Russian front, they deserted to the Red Army. 

 

When the plane lands in Moscow, Michael sees Magdalena and Red Army soldiers boarding an airplane to Germany.

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