The war in my head never ends
I met Willi , the main character in my film the first time when I worked as a dentist in a small town near Aarhus , Denmark where we both lived. He came to Denmark as a textile specialist in 1963 , I came as a Polish - Jewish refugee in 1971.
This is the story of a German man Willi Fritz Konrad Beck, 85 years old, who have felt homeless because of the war, he moved from Germany to Denmark in 1963 as a textile man.
The film's director: Kristina Rosenberg Meilby (Polish-Jewish descent, came to Denmark in 1971) was born in the same town as Willi: German Breslau, Poland Wroclaw. Breslau became Wroclaw Poland after the war. The film tells of Willi about growing up in the mountains of Germany, Silesia, Silsterwitz that after the war, Polish Silesia, Surlestowice, only 37 km from Breslau.
Willi is very sad, that he has lost his feelings, especially to his mother because he was in the Hitler Youth from age 8 to 16, he participated in the war for 8 months from the time he was 16 until he was released by the Americans the day before his 17th birthday. He can not forget the war, though he only took part in the 8 months.
The teaching in the Hitler Youth and the war has left its mark. Although he had never killed anyone. I had made the film alone.
Kristina Rosenberg MejlbyDirector
Kristina Rosenberg MejlbyWriter
Kristina Rosenberg MejlbyProducer
Project Type:Documentary, Short
Runtime:11 minutes 48 seconds
Completion Date:March 2, 2015
Production Budget:3,000 USD
Country of Origin:Denmark
Country of Filming:Denmark
India Short Film FestivalDehli and Bangalore
Special Festival Mention and Official Selection
I was born in Poland in Wroclaw (Germany: Breslau, until 1945) in 1951 as the daughter of a sweet, old, Jewish history professor and a young, very dominant Polish mother.
They were married in catholic church. My father died in 1965.
My mother's ugly dominance was that I ran away from my home as a 15 year old with the wrong man, had a child as a 17 year old girl.
The man went to jail, I came back to the mother with my child, completed my secondary education and 1 year of study.
I went to Denmark, involuntarily, 20 years old, to help my brother who had traveled to Israel in 1971.
I traveled as a “stateless” person, strangely, just because my father named Rosenberg came from some Jews in Egypt for several hundred years ago.
I came to Denmark in 1971, Danish Refugee Council helped my brother out of Israel, my son came nine months later to me with my mother.
I was studying dentistry in Aarhus and was completed in 1982, traveled to Norway to work for a 2 years.
In 1985, I was exposed, once again, for an assault from my mother. Until now I can not forget brainwashing from her side. It was easy for me to put myself in Willis place in my film about to be under duress in Germany under the 2. worldwar, because: I knew perfectly well what a brainwashing leader can do: destroy generations.
Filmography of director Kristina Rosenberg Mejlby
The film: “The war in my head never ends”:
I got my education as a dentist in Denmark and worked until 2012,
started first to make short films in 2009 and won filmprices, both in Denmark
and in India.
I worked as dentist in 30 years until 2012, won a certificate in India for the film about Willi. And in Arhus too. Now I make some short films and started to write a book.