Alexandra Maria Lara appears as Antonia Berger, a young enthusiastic Communist, who goes to the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Whilst there, she is accused of spying and sent to a labor camp. After being released from the Gulag in 1952, she manages to return home to the new socialist East German state with her seriously ill daughter Lydia. Antonia is forced to keep her terrible experiences secret for the common good. It is only after Stalin's death that she speaks out about her time in the Soviet Union. But her newly regained freedom is taken away from her again when her lover, a hospital doctor and committed Communist, informs a functionary. Antonia has to make a choice – between truth or the present.
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