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A documentary by Wolfgang Bergmann (Running time: 45 minutes)


When we think of the Red Cross, what comes to mind is helpfulness, lifesaving activities, or charity work and disaster relief, whether in Germany or elsewhere. The German Red Cross society (DRK) has an unchallengeable position in the collective memory of the people, particularly of the older generation that experienced the Second World War. But the Red Cross also had its place in the Nazi strategy of 'total war', whether in air raid protection on the home front or in the Wehrmacht's medical service. Yet the partisan role of the Red Cross in the National Socialist system from 1933, which had been prepared after the loss of the First World War, does not appear at all in the organization's historical self-description an awareness.

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