I really appreciated this film, as it went well beyond just looking at the Holocaust. The mass-killing of various groups did NOT end with WWII but continues today throughout the world. This PBS film explores why--and doesn't stop with the simple answers we always hear. In other words, it's NOT a mass spontaneous uprising or religious feud that creates these killings but they are done for political reasons. So, there is a clear gain for killing off one group or another--such as to consolidate power through exploiting existing hatreds and distrusts. The film also explores what other parties should do. What should the UN do as well as developed nations such as the US? To get these answers, Daniel Goldhagen travels the world to confront or discuss genocide. It was fascinating when he actually got to talk to the ex-president Montt of Guatemala as well as a meeting with the ex-UN ambassador, Madeleine Albright. The bottom line is that the film clearly indicates that the civilized nations of the world MUST intervene, even militarily, if necessary--as the UN's purpose is not to prevent genocide but maintain the sovereignty of nations--even when they are evil and murder their own citizens. Overall, this is an excellent documentary--not only because of all the trouble it took to make it but because it really makes you think.
By the way, several years ago, I took a group of students to a nearby Holocaust museum. The mission of this organization in St. Petersburg, Florida was very much like this film--to not only focus on the Holocaust in Europe but to educate kids that such mass killings are continuing today and will for the foreseeable future. So, there is no one Holocaust but a long, long, long series of mass murders.
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