During the "Chaos and Consent" segment, the tune "Happy Days Are Here Again" which is associated with drinking (it was FDR's Prohibition-repeal campaign song) is played while showing Hitler raising a glass stein within a crowd of stein-holding pub visitors. The visuals, music, and certainly the narration imply that Hitler might have been a drinker, yet (as cited in non-fiction histories by William Shirer and by Albert Speer) he was a well-known alcohol-abstainer. See more »
At the same moment as the pact was being signed in Moscow, Hitler stood with his guests on the terrace of the Berghof and stared at the sky.
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It seems a shame that it has been criticised, I think this series, especially the 5th episode deals with the subject in a very interesting manner.
Road to Treblinka (title of 5/6) is itself a marker on what this series is all about; so easily it could have been road to Auschwitz-Berkenau or Bergen-Belsen, where there would have been plenty (respectively) of survivors to recount tales and make us cry, but this wasn't about understanding what happened (Premo Levi said that this would be indecent itself, to understand it is almost like sympathising) but this series, as Rees discusses in The Holocaust and the Moving Image (Haggith and Newman) is about discussing the unadulterated scale of murder. Treblinka was a factory, a death factory which filled its quota and was destroyed and hidden from history.
This series asks the difficult questions to the right people. How could you stand there and shoot those children? to a Lithuanian Nazi sympathiser, Why did you think Reinhard Heydrich was a nice man? to his friend.
This series is not about understanding. It is about looking at what happened and remembering it. Forgetting it is inviting it to happen again.
Watch this and remember.
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