Germany's Traumatized Kriegskinder Speak Out

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A troubling question looms over the Kriegskinder, Germans were children during World War II: Was my father a mass murderer? These innocent Germans carried the guilt of their nation while their families often remained silent. The New Yorker's Burkhard Bilger, whose grandfather was a Nazi, speaks with Sabine Bode, a journalist who encourages the now-elderly Kriegskinder to speak about their unacknowledged trauma. Bilger wrote an article for the magazine about Familienaufstellung, a type of therapy that has become popular in Germany as a way to work through the damage the war left on this generation.