At 14, every German school kid learns about the Holocaust for the first time. “The Lesson” follows four children through their adolescence between the history classes and their football training, where their coach claims that what they learn at school is a big lie.
While studying the 2nd World War, Nele understands that the closest people in her life - her grandfather and her football coach - have nostalgic feelings towards the Third Reich. She experiences a growing conflict between what she learns at school and what people in her private life are preaching. Her classmate Lilly begins her political involvement and protests against the extreme right party AFD that is about to run for elections.
Parallel to exploring the struggle of children studying the Holocaust, we discover how the Nazis educated their children from 1933 to 1939. The unpublished private recordings from local filmmaker Ludwig Müller were not for propaganda purposes, so they give an insight into the teaching methods of an ordinary school in Nazi Germany. Müller documented his daughter’s school life and the pedagogics of the National Socialist Regime - as the children became accomplices in the biggest mass killing on European soil.