Het Verzwijgen

Gripping documentary in which Marieke van der Winden investigates her family’s history and confronts the fact that her grandparents collaborated with the Nazi’s during World War II.

Please note that this film is in Dutch and German, with Dutch subtitles.
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Lieke, Marieke van der Winden’s mother, was quiet, insecure and vulnerable. After she has died of cancer at the age of 48, Van der Winden is approached at her funeral by Lieke’s stepbrother. He tells her that her grandfather and grandmother – of whom she has very fond memories – collaborated with the Nazi’s during World War II. This secret, which had affected Lieke enormously, had been kept under a tight lid for decades.

Only thirty years later, Van der Winden gains the courage to investigate her mother’s history. In conversations with friends and family she develops a whole new perspective on Lieke and on her own childhood. And when she dives into the archives to search for her grandparents’ activities during the war, the shocking revelations keep piling up – with great emotional consequences.

Marieke van der Winden, Netherlands, 2022, 80 min. Dutch spoken, without subtitles.