Why do ordinary men, decent family fathers, kill women, children and babies on a daily basis? The perpetrators are members of the Nazi death squads, who murdered about 2 million Jewish civilians in Eastern Europe – by bullets, face to face.
We hear their thoughts, as they wrote them down in letters and diaries, we hear what they said at court: Why they did not refuse to execute these horrific orders, how killing became a routine. It’s the blueprint of genocide. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]