Run Time: 2 hrs.
Release Date: TBA
After a mid-air collision with a British Spitfire during a dogfight over the English Channel, Lieutenant Herbert Schroeter was busted from the ranks of Hitler’s Luftwaffe for alleged cowardice and sent to die on the Russian Front in WWII.
Instead, he rose through the ranks of the infantry for undaunted valor on the battlefield and won the coveted Iron Cross for courage under fire.
Though wounded on four separate occasions, Lt. Schroeter continued through the fiercest conflicts of the Eastern Campaign. What now are regarded as the bloodiest Battles of WW II had once been meant to be his death sentence. Yet he had survived to see the German Army reduced to tatters and any chance of a German Victory a hopeless cause. Fueled by pointless battles and rumors of Jewish genocide, Lt. Schroeter’s disdain for Hitler and the Nazi cause grew. As the once great Army began to retreat before the Russian onslaught, Lt. Schroeter finally crossed the line and began the long march home. In the city of Posnau, while trying to board a train that would carry him back to Germany, he was taken prisoner of war.
By 1949, four years after the war had ended; Lt. Schroeter had spent five years in captivity in various camps in the Soviet Union. The last three in Siberia in a forced-labor-camp cutting trees for the Trans-Siberian Railroad - Trees that lay and rotted where they fell. –Just as Lt. Schroeter was expected to do. – Just as 4000 German POW’s has already done.
On the Coldest day of the year, too cold for the guards to accompany them, Lt. Schroeter and the handful of surviving POW’s were sent out to cut down trees on their own. Starving, close to dying, the men decided to risk everything and go over the hill to a frozen Siberian village to scavenge for food.
- Something happened over that hill…
- Something that saved Lt. Schroeter’s life…
- and changed it forever.
Now 60 years later, Herbert Schroeter returns to Siberia to retrace his incredible story.