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I Was Nineteen is a 1968 German film based on the life of director Konrad Wolf. Set in World War II, the film follows German born Soviet soldier Georg Hecker (Jaecki Schwarz) as he returns home with his platoon after the end of the war. As Lieutenant Hecker enters Bernau, Russian General (Mikhail Glusski) makes him commandant and gives him control over the town. As commandant, Hecker is forced to deal with the aftermath of the war. He meets a young German girl (Jenny Gr''llman) suffering from the shock of losing her parents and seeing a woman commit suicide. He meets the former Mayor (Erich Giesa) of the town who tries to convince him that he is a communist sympathizer. He meets SS soldiers who are not convinced the war is over and refuse to surrender. Throughout the film, Hecker struggles with his identity as he comes to grips with his role as a Soviet soldier in a postwar Germany.