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My DH is right now watching "The Downfall". A movie about Hitler.<br>
I am really trying to concentrate on MDC and ignore that this monster of a Nazi woman just killed her 6 kids to prevent them from being taken by the Russians.<br><br>
I was just saying to DH that I find it utterly repulsive that actors of any nationality would willingly play the part of a Nazi. Raise their arm and swear allegiance to Hitler. It makes me ill.<br>
I don't care what they would pay me for a bit part-I couldn't do it.<br>
I've known people who survived the concentration camps. I've touched their tattoos. In one case, my friends Zaida was the only surviving member of his family. Most of my best friends growing up were Jewish. In fact most of my friends-period were Jewish.<br>
I usually don't allow these kinds of movies in my house-my crying usually winds up in my hyperventilating. But DH taped this while i was asleep one night.<br><br>
This (IMO) is along the same lines as people who play the part of a terminally ill person with Cancer etc. Especially in otherwise lighthearted movies with the actress of the week playing the part.<br>
I have watched my mother and other family members die slowly from Cancer and the thought of pretending that makes me want to be sick.<br>
It seems like it is trivializing what real people must live through.<br><br>
Am I wrong? Does feeling this way mean I am missing something?<br><br>
I asked a friend from East Germany a few years back what Germans talked about when they mentioned the war. She said they don't speak of the war.<br>
They speak of before and after the war. They avoid speaking of Hitler or anything connected to him.<br><br>
I'm rambling. I'm just terribly upset and confused right now. Sorry.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I asked a friend from East Germany a few years back what Germans talked about when they mentioned the war. She said they don't speak of the war.<br>
They speak of before and after the war. They avoid speaking of Hitler or anything connected to him.<br><br>
I'm rambling. I'm just terribly upset and confused right now. Sorry.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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If no one discusses it, then no one can learn from it.<br><br>
With regard to actors portraying those characters...do you feel the same way about documentaries with re-enactments? They aren't really for entertainment purposes, so does that make it okay to you?<br><br>
I don't know...it's all a little odd to me, but varied opinions are what makes the world go round, ya know? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> You obviously feel a little more connected, although I do have a father currently struggling with lung cancer and have lost many family members to various diseases. I've never really given it any thought, but your points are valid.
 

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An excellent point.<br><br>
But I do understand how upsetting it can be <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">. I remember Ralph Fiennes talking about how difficult it was to maintain relationships during the filming of <i>Schindler's List</i> because he had a hard time separating himself from the character.
 

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I think it is important that these stories be told. For that to happen many people have to do a gut check and find a way to tell the story. Someone has to write the words. Someone has to say them. It has to be staged, lit, costumed....(Everyone knows about Mr Fiennes struggle.. but someone wrote what he had to say, etc, etc....) If everyone adopted that attitude the darkest periods in human history would remain so.
 

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It's an upsetting movie topic to watch. But, on the other hand ... what is the alternative? To make no documentaries or movies about it? To forget about it? Just read about it? Images, with words, can be more powerful than either alone in teaching a lesson.<br><br>
And, although, I know this is not the same scale ... the truth is, we can say this about anything in the movies. How can an actor play the part of Ted Bundy? How can an actor play the part of a drunk driver? These things happen everyday, and they're tragedies. Peoples lives are touched by them. And, yet, most of the population still goes to the movies to watch the same tragedies reflected there.<br><br>
My grandmother had cancer, and my great grandfather died in a concentration camp. To be honest, actors portraying these things does not bother me. This is life, history and tragedy included, - it's what movies and books are about. In movies and in books, I think, people explore these situation in order to find answers, to find closure. I see nothing wrong with that.
 

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I think that the TV is a very effective way to reach people and teach them. I remember the first time I saw "Schindler's List" it was so profound and reached me in a way that no book ever had (since I was a teen and not into novels at the time).
 
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