Here another controversated German film, about the expulsions of Germans from the East. What is your view about this movie?
Here an article and the review from IMDB below:

A television drama portraying Germans as victims of atrocities as they fled Eastern Europe at the end of World War Two marks a new step in ending a German taboo on lamenting one of the biggest refugee movements ever.

"Die Flucht" (English title: "March of Millions"), a two-part film by public broadcaster ARD that concludes on Monday, had the highest ratings of the year on Sunday as more than 11 million viewers watched the first instalment.

While the German government hailed the film that sparked a belated national discussion about the mass expulsions 60 years ago as an important milestone, the issue is one that worries the country's eastern neighbors.

"Any attempt to revise the history of World War Two needs to be watched carefully. I hope the process in Germany will be stopped," Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski told a news conference in Warsaw on Monday, in reply to a question.

Until recently there was little discussion about up to 14 million Germans who fled the Soviet army or were expelled after the Allies agreed their eviction from Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Some 2 million civilians were killed or died.

The exodus began in 1944, when many fled westwards ahead of Nazi Germany's looming World War Two defeat. Millions more were forced to leave after the war when Poland's borders were shifted west by the victorious Soviet Union and Western Allies.

Culture Minister Bernd Neumann led a chorus of cheers in Germany about the film, which also shows Soviet troops shooting children and raping women. He called it a cinematic achievement.

"No one wants to offset one side's suffering against the other," said Margot Kaessmann, a German Protestant church leader as a debate erupted over why Germans have long been silent.

"But reconciliation will only be possible when those guilty acknowledge their crimes and victims get a chance to tell their stories," added Kaessmann, whose family were among the refugees.

DODGED ISSUE

Mainstream leaders, especially on the left, have dodged the issue of German suffering, fearful it would be seen as diverting attention away from Nazi horrors inflicted upon Europe.

"It was a national trauma and 60 years later, it was time to make a film seen from the victims' point of view," said Jan Mojto, a Slovak national and head of Munich-based EOS film, which co-produced the film.

Mojto, whose similarly provocative film "Dresden" a year ago about controversial Allied firebombing of the German city also got high ratings and was sold to 95 foreign countries, is hoping "March of Millions" will be as popular abroad as well.

But Marek Cichocki, foreign policy adviser to Polish President Lech Kaczynski, defended his country's concerns.

"Obviously there are people in western Poland who have been made to feel uncertain about property questions," Cichocki told a German TV talk show on Sunday, referring to fears among some Poles of German attempts to reclaim houses or land. Continued...
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This film deals with the plight of Germany's former eastern population at the end of World War II. Most Americans are unaware of the brutal and criminal expulsion of some 14 million Germans from their homes in what is now Poland. Millions of innocent men, women and children were murdered by the advancing Red Army. The Germans tried to flee, but their treks were rolled over by Soviet tanks and they were mowed down by a hail of machine gun fire. We will not discuss how the Russians treated German women. Those Germans who did not flee were forced to either become Polish or leave their homeland. Most of them decided to leave since they were already being treated like second-class citizens (examples: German language forbidden, economic sanctions, etc).

Many people have been waiting for a film like this to break the silence. For years no one dared mention the expulsion of the Germans. German war crimes got plenty of air time, but the evil that was brought down on innocent German civilians never seemed to be of much importance.

The film is about a woman who, at the start, is living in West Germany. She has a daughter, and after hearing that her father is sick, she moves back to East Prussia to help him. As the story moves forward, the Russians are getting closer and closer to Eastern Germany. The family decides to build a wagon and flee, which is against the law. The Nazis did not want the people to show any signs of defeatism, so they forbade the population any type of retreat.

The film could have shown more Soviet atrocities to show what hell it really was for these poor people. The film shows some of the horror, but a couple of times it focuses back on German crimes, which we hear about every time we turn on the History Channel.

That should suffice for a general idea of what the film is about. No spoilers are needed here. Spoilers really do ruin a film.

Watch the movie and learn something about German history.