The Second World War is over, but young Tomas learns that Europe’s wounds have not yet healed.
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Tomas is taught by English war veterans. He walks the ruins of Coventry with his Gran, the city still rebuilding from the blitz.
But his mother is German, and as he nears adulthood Tomas finds himself heading to Berlin. He’s taken in by his enigmatic uncle, a blind, disgraced Nazi soldier. Arm in arm, they explore a drastically changing Berlin, leading one another to places anew. Tomas finds more family out in Dresden, a city decimated by Allied firebombs,
What might a young man make of this shattered legacy?
What might we inherit from the wars of our elders, and how might we move on?