World War II is often referred to as “the good war.” For those who fought and lived through it, World War II was anything but good. To the Allies, it was a “just war” against Hitler’s brutal regime which occupied free nations in Europe by force of arms. In this continuing WWII films study group, we will begin with movies made well after the war by European directors in the countries that were victims of Nazi aggression. Our opening film will be the universally acclaimed three part series entitled Generation War, (from Germany) and shown on the BBC and PBS. Next we will see two more recent films, Darkest Hour and Dunkirk, which detail Britain’s entrance into the war. We will also show and discuss The Days of Glory (France), Max Manus (Norway) and Katyn (Poland). Finally we will watch Downfall (Germany) about Hitler’s last days as the Russian army entered Berlin. Some of these films are actual accounts of the events and others are fictional stories told in the historical context. Join us as we watch and discuss these films that portray the tragedy of the war from the European perspective.