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A man is forced from his home, put in a workcamp by nazi's and is then recruited to be the new symbol of the perfect aryan


I'm looking for a movie title I saw years ago ( +/- 15) on TCM (Turner Classical Movies). I did not see the first 10 minutes or so, so I do not know the exact start of it.

A somewhat dumb man lives with his mother on a small rural house in what seems to be eastern europe. The nazis invade and they are forced out and he is taken to a dig/construction site where a nazi propaganda officer measures him and uses him as the new symbol of the 'prefect aryan' on the cover of propaganda magazines. He keeps telling everyone that all he wants to do is go back to his farm, and the entire ordeal kinda happens to him.

The film covers the entire war period in this mans life (from him being forced out by the invasion, to him returning to the house after the war)

The film was long ( 3 hours+) shown late at night on TCM.

Some of the facts might be warped by time, and me having looked at so many descriptions of movies that are similar. But the image of him being on that magazine and at the same time him not having a clue what is going on, still gives me the giggles. The movie is not a comedy. The mans character reminded me of The Good Soldier Švejk, but the movies plays in WWII.

I do not know the names of any of the actors/actresses, but if shown a picture I would immediatly recognize the protagonist.

Thank you in advance!
asked May 7, 2015 in Name That Movie by GameZombie (6 points)

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answered May 7, 2015 by casspir (19,576 points)
selected May 7, 2015 by GameZombie
Well, you ended a 10 year search in 2 minutes! Thank you so much!
You are most welcome, I am also glad about it!:)
Thanks for following up and selecting Best Answer.