2x58 min SVT Documentary WW2
During the Second World War 270 Swedes voluntarily left neutral Sweden to fight in Hitler ́s special force Waffen SS.
The Swedes who left to fight for Germany were under constant surveillance by Swedish secret service. Their letters and diaries were scrutinised and their phone calls tapped by eager agents. By digging deep into the archives we get closer to the the Swedish SS-soldiers.
They came from different backgrounds upper to working class. They left family and friends behind for an unknown but enticing destiny. A few of them fled unemployment, boredom, crime and dysfunctional families. Some of them were more or less convinced Nazis others more attracted by the adventure, the enemy was primarily bolshevism.
The story is told in 2x58 min documentaries that are built up by letters and diaries with voice over, unique archive material, reconstructions and contemporary interviews with relatives and survivors. The material takes us back in history far behind the scenes of the Second World War.
The story arch starts and ends with the innocent setting of neutral Sweden before and after WW2. From the start in Sweden the story stretches along the chronology of the war. The SS-Swedes participate in all cardinal events from the beginning of the war to the devastating defeat of the Germans in Berlin.
The story is told with a human touch the soldiers are portrayed through excerpts from their correspondence with worried families, friends and girlfriends and also through their own documentation of their experiences of life at war. It depicts the human being behind the soldier rather than the battles.
While some of the Swedish SS soldiers witnessed the atrocities of the war and started to doubt Hitler ́s ideology others returned to Sweden still convinced.