Why criticise Oliver Stone for doing a film about two historical figures? Does anyone flinch about Attila or Gengis Khan? They also were a bit of savage mass murderers, pillaging, raping and massacring whole populations. But i wouldn't be accused of being anti-mongolian if i did a film about him. To depict the economical trappings and political deals that permited a man like Hitler to seize power is not a negative thing, all the oposite. It's more likely to be educational, as not to repeat the same mistakes again. Do not forget that was the harsh impositions of the WW 1 victors on germany, the economic depression of the late 30's, an unstable political establishment, and finally a putsch paid by the industrialists that put Hitler into power. Anti-semitism had existed for centuries in Europe, Hitler just added gasoline to the fire, choosing the jews, and his political rivals, the communists as the root of all evil. Basically, scapegoats, accused of all the problems the germans had. By directing the hate and frustration of a whole nation towards the jews, he could, literally, get away with murder.
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