Class of 1943 – remember us when we are gone is about the fate of five boys of an Estonian boys gymnasium who were all forced to join the German army in 1943. They were promissed it would only be for nine months - afterwards they could go to university. But things turned out otherwise: instead of university they were sent to the eastfront. By miracle they survived the war in hospitals and prisoncamps.
The film is based on archive footage and pictures and tells the tragic story of the generation of Estonian boys who left their youth in the WW II.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Helga Merits (1963) studied philosophy at the university of Amsterdam. For several years she worked at the Belgium and Dutch National Public Radio and worked for both Dutch and Belgium newspapers.
In 2007 she finished her first documentary film Kallis Paul (première in Den Haag).
Followed by Sam Freiman – memories of a lost world in 2010. Première in London.
And Class of 1943 – remember us when we are gone in 2012. Première in Tallinn.