Military drills, soldierly obedience: Young men had to stand to attention, and young women had to do their part as well, from home. A shadow hung over Germany's youth in the summer of 1914. And then came war.
When the Great War broke out, Krems reported for duty together with a friend. They had no idea of the horrors awaiting them.
As a nurse, she lived through World War I on both Fronts. Would she ever see her beloved Heinrich again?
After the surrender in May 1945, Germans wanted to start a new life – to clear away the rubble and forget 12 years of National Socialism. But just months earlier, 17-year-olds were being sent to fight as "a last resort."
In a Nazi extermination camp, a young girl learned to play the accordion. It would ultimately save her life.
In 1945, Wellershoff was part of the elite "Hermann Göring" tank division. When the war came to an end, he was imprisoned.
Construction of the Berlin Wall began on August 13, 1961 – the same year birth control was introduced in Germany. It was also the beginning of what would become one of the biggest names in music history: The Beatles.
When the Berlin Wall tore Reimann from her one true love, the couple planned her escape from the GDR – as a Belgian.
Still in high school, Grüning wanted to help a friend escape the GDR. He hired a smuggler, but things didn't go to plan.
A year that would go down in history. 1968 stands for youth protests and the Vietnam War, hippies and free love. And for a question that young Germans were asking their parents: What did you do under Hitler?
As a student, Köster lived in one of the first communes in Frankfurt and took part in a legendary political rally.
The authorities kept a close eye on Ostberg as his band, the politically opinionated Oktoberklub, grew in popularity.
In the late 1980s, thousands of young Germans took to the streets – in the West for the environment, in the East for freedom. And then it happened: the fall of the Berlin Wall. But with euphoria came new fears.
Having been caught planning punk concerts in Magdeburg, Hahn lost her job. But then she came up with a daring plan.
He was a soldier in the East German army. And he was gay. The fall of the Wall brings a personal liberation for Schatz.
It's often said that young Germans have never been so conformist. With nothing to rebel against, unlike in 1968, today's youth would rather chase success and prosperity. But are digital natives being underestimated?
At the age of 17, Bryan fled India for Germany. He can speak the language now and wants to stay. But there's no certainty for him. He could be deported at any time.
She wanted to become an officer in the Bundeswehr – and show the men she is just as good as, if not better than, them.
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