Producer
Director
Sebastian Dehnhardt
Producer
16:9 HDTV
Genre
History
Broadcaster
ZDF
Length
1 x 45'
Editor
Year
2012
Silent Night in Stalingrad

24 December 1942: trapped in the cauldron of Stalingrad, the soldiers of the 6th Army celebrate Christmas. An army, doomed to destruction, celebrates the feast of faith and charity in this icy hell of all places.  BROADVIEW TV documents the downfall of the 6th Army on the 70th anniversary of the battle and reconstructs the situation of the soldiers at Christmas with elaborate scenic reshoots.

The battle for Stalingrad, in which at least one million German soldiers, Red Army soldiers and Soviet civilians fall victim, is the bloodiest decisive battle in the war of extermination unleashed by Hitler. Shockingly, the catastrophe of the 6th Army makes many Germans realise that, despite all the propaganda chants, the war would be lost. While people at home spend Christmas peacefully with their families, dozens of German soldiers die of starvation and death by freezing to death on the Volga. How the catastrophe comes about and what consequences the war has for those left behind is described in the documentary with scenic re-shoots and new interviews with family members.

First broadcast: Tue, 11 Dec 2012, 20:15, ZDF

Silent Night in Stalingrad

24 December 1942: trapped in the cauldron of Stalingrad, the soldiers of the 6th Army celebrate Christmas. An army, doomed to destruction, celebrates the feast of faith and charity in this icy hell of all places.  BROADVIEW TV documents the downfall of the 6th Army on the 70th anniversary of the battle and reconstructs the situation of the soldiers at Christmas with elaborate scenic reshoots.

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