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Men from Forgotten Army (2006)

Original title: Mees unustatud armeest

Documentary Duration 55:52

Story about an Estonian military unit that was active until the early 1960s. Watchkeeping company no. 4221 watched the war criminals of noble rank during Nuremberg Trials. Estonians who fought in Waffen-SS against Bolshevism and later were in military prison were actually watching their chiefs in Nuremberg. It is difficult to explain how Estonians could get such a close access to the events of Nuremberg Trials. The documentary reveals the historical background information about the strange situation and former soldiers, who are still alive, share their memories.

Director: Kalle Käesel

Keywords: blank spots in history | naked young men | vitality of Estonian men | Estonians in World War II | Estonian guard battalion | Estonian prison guards in Nurenberg | former soldiers of guard company | choir rehearsal | medical examination of the call-up selectees | recruiting of call-up selectees | View all »

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Main Data

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Production Firm(s) Osakond, Eesti Televisioon
Film Category Documentary
Text / Dialogue Estonian, German
Subtitles English, Russian
Duration 55:52


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Producer Anneli Ahven | Renita Timak
Director Kalle Käesel
Screenwriter Indrek Treufeldt
Cinematographer Tauno Peit | Ahto Peetso | Kalle Käesel
Composer Ardo Ran Varres
Editor Kalle Käesel | Andres Lepasar
Content Editor Renita Timak

First releases

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  • on television: 27.12.2006, ETV, Estonia
  • in cinema: 21.11.2006, Cinema Sõprus, Tallinn, Estonia

Festivals, awards, nominations

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  • Participation, EstDocs - Estonian Documentary Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), 2006

Partners and Sponsors

  • Kultuuriministeerium
  • EFI
  • Eesti Kultuurkapital
  • ERR
  • Rahvusarhiiv
  • BFM
  • Kinoliit
  • Eesti Filmiajakirjanike ühing
  • Tallinnfilm