World War is over. The lives of four people, who have nothing in common,
meet together in a destroyed Berlin.
TATAREV, a Soviet NKVD colonel - the Soviet Secret Political Police, later
called KGB - is a cunning and ruthless social-climber. For him, executing
Nazi prisoners is just a way to win a promotion to General. A Soviet gulag
camp awaits him if he fails.
ALFRED HOTTE is a Wehrmacht Sub- lieutenant charged with having killed a
Soviet prisoner. He has fought the war fully believing in the ideals the
Germans had about the war. While realizing, as soon as he reached the war
field, that these ideals are wrong, his sense of honor prevents him from
accepting the defeat. But why have the Soviets artfully mounted false
charges against him? And why is he refusing to collaborate with his
counsel? What is he hiding?
MARIA is a
young, combative, and proud Berliner war-widow. Hunger and his young son
Berthold’s poor health place her before a dreadful dilemma. Just like many
other German mothers in those days, she experienced first hand that when
hunger comes in at the door, honor flies out of the window.
Police captain SASHA JANKO serves as liaison between all the characters.
He is the lawyer appointed by the Ally Command to defend Hotte from
Tatarev’s charges. He will fall in love with Maria saving her from falling
into the abyss of vice. He is a common sense man, who prefers relying on
the force of reason than on the reason of force. His appointment might
have been affected by his Russian origins. However, when he arrives in
Berlin, he immediately realizes that due to his past he has become a
scapegoat in the Allies’ interests.
A challenge with no holds barred involves two strong and motivated men on
the background of the Soviet occupation of Berlin. A duel in which the
moves of your rival are more and more difficult to anticipate. A plot full
of coincidences involves all the characters, with insights in the mind of
each of them and exposure of their ambitions, fears, and hidden truth.
between a man and a woman signed by the war. The difficulties they have to
overcome to forget about the horrors they have witnessed and begin a new
life through love.
tells about an unusual aspect of these historic times: the complex
relations between former allies, now rivals, and between former enemies
who are now forced to collaborate, while they all share the same will to
pursue their aim. The story, in which there is no actual winner, ends in
quite an unexpected way.
The story highlights that in every conflict – no matter if it is a world
war or a conflict between two people who hate (or love) each other - we
are all likely to lose something: it might be our honor, love, or life.
2010 Silvio Nacucchi
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