Dear Babe | 1995
A poignant, intelligent, and unusually personal look at the life of a foot soldier in World War II. Mike Siegelbaum was a Jewish-American private who served in France and Germany, and was among the troops that liberated the Ohrdruf concentration camp. From December 1943, when he was drafted, to December 1945, when he was released, he wrote almost daily to his beloved wife "Babe," and their baby daughter. Filled with wry humor and keen observations, the letters chronicled Siegelbaum's transformation from an awe-filled boot-camp trainee to a combat-worn soldier, disillusioned by Army bureaucracy and stunned by the atrocities of the Third Reich. Director Roseanne Ehrlich, Siegelbaum's daughter, uses her father's letters as the narrative thread of DEAR BABE, through which she interweaves gripping archival footage and family photos to create a personal commentary on patriotism, the folly of war, and the anchor that true love provides.