A detailing of the hard life of three generations of one family that lived in Germany during its most trying period. The family meets in Cologne in 1956 and begins to remember the past. Hargesheimer and Standner, who head the family, talk about the deaths of their children in WW I, about
her confinement to a mental institution for slandering the Kaiser, and about the death of their Nazi son during WW II. At a party celebrating Hargesheimer's 80th birthday, Standner vows to assassinate a prominent minister in government. Her attempt fails, but her husband comforts the family with
the assurance that she will probably be freed because of her past mental problems. Anot...