At the turn of the twentieth century in the US, Tom Atkins, a woodsman and a trapper, leaves the city to return to the isolation of life in a mountain valley. He encounters a group of Native Americans who have run away from a reservation and have also sought refuge there.
The opera singer Luitpold Löwenhaupt buys a goose to roast for Christmas dinner— a month early, in November! His children have other plans for the goose, whom they name Auguste or "Gustje"; they want to keep Gustje as a pet and playmate.
Hamburg, Germany 1934: An executioner is needed. Teetjen (Erwin Geschonneck) makes the biggest mistake of his life. Because his butcher shop is facing bankruptcy, he agrees to execute a group of political prisoners for the Nazis. Once this becomes known, Teetjen’s life falls apart.
The second installment in the Wittstock series follows Wittstock Girls and its protagonists, three young women who work together at a textile plant.
On July 14, 1958, the Iraqi government, which had close ties to the United States and Great Britain, was ousted in a military coup and the royal family and the prime minister were killed.
Maja, a single mother in her thirties, leads a very practical and steady life until she decides to risk it all: She quits her job, sells her country home, and moves to the city with her daughter, where she starts looking for a new job and new connections.
In August 1961, the former Foreign Legionnaire King and his gang of guys are rabble-rousers. After working on a construction site, the gang moves to a campground on the Baltic Sea, unaware that their shoddy work will lead to two deaths.
In an act of friendship and solidarity between two mining towns in 1929, the locals of Kriwoj Rog, Russia, give their flag as a gift to the locals of Bergstedt, Germany.
Karl Achilles, who has worked for thirty years in the chemical collective in Bitterfeld, is looking forward to retirement and plans to do everything he always wanted to do, but never had the time for: go on holiday with his wife, spend time with his children, and cultivate his flower garden.
Friendship, fun and contemplation characterize the lives of a group of twenty-year-olds who spend their summer vacation in Prerow on the Baltic Sea. In brief interviews, they discuss their past achievements, future plans, dreams and perspectives.