The War in Me

A film by Sebastian Heinzel


How much soldier is still alive in me?, Sebastian Heinzel asks himself when he learns from the Wehrmacht archives that his grandfather fought in Russia during the Second World War. Grandpa Hans had never told his family about the mission.

New research shows that trauma can change our genetic make-up, affecting our families for generations to come. German filmmaker Sebastian Heinzel explores the effects of the World War II on his family. As he follows his grandfather's path from Germany to Belarus, he discovers unexpected connections to his own past and his war dreams, which have been haunting him for decades.

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Technical Details

Duration83 min
Original LanguageGerman, English, Russian
SubtitlesGerman, English
CountryGermany, Switzerland

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  • Credits


    Adrian Stähli


    Markus Egloff


    Sebastian Heinzel

    Susanne Guggenberger

    Vadim Jendreyko

    Associate Producer

    Hercli Bundi


    Heinzelfilm GmbH

    In coproduction with

    Mira Film

    SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen

    With financial support from

    ZDF-Kleines Fernsehspiel

    MFG Filmförderung

    Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westphalen

    Hessen Film und Medien

    BAK - Bundesamt für Kultur

    Volkert Stiftung