February 18, 2006

A double feature for Hitler's Birthday

Nazi enthusiast groups will celebrate Hitler's birthday April 20. Other people should at least remember it. I suggest two movies, with popcorn and conversation. The first is The Wannsee Conference, a magnificent depiction (based, I think, on historical sources) of the meeting at which SS commander Heydrich elegantly strong-armed senior German officiials into supporting -- and giving absolute priority to -- the destruction of the Jews in Europe. See this together with the first 40 minutes or so of Frederick Wiseman's documentary Missile, footage of an ethics class for air force personnel responsible for launching Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. After this class, the young officers sign a statement asserting that they have no reservations about inserting launch keys and launching weapons.

Watch these two together.

Posted by shea0017 at February 18, 2006 11:14 AM