Aug 05

Napola, Elite für den Führer ???
This film has been produced in English, but I unfortunately have only the German version. I was able to follow most of the speaking, though there were critical sections where I was totally unable to understand what was going on. Thus, my review may not be entirely accurate. It is a quasi-historical film (historical fiction) detailing a young boy, good at boxing, who is asked to enroll in a special school system that Hitler had set up to establish an elite system of education. This boy goes against the wishes of his parents to attend the school, and does well at first, until questions start arising. There is an unusually high attrition rate at the school, and certain classmates are treated in a very embarrassing fashion, such as the kid who occasionally has a problem with bedwetting. The turning point was when the students were asked to hunt down and shoot some young escaped Russian POWs. This led the star character to give up, and in the end get thrown out of the school.
Reading the reviews of this movie, many comment on how this film represents a resurrection of rethinking some of the crimes of the past Nazi regime. I’m not sure such an episode is worth re-thinking. The mistake made in this film is that they do NOT engage in a re-thinking, but rather, a re-creation or a re-invention of what actually happened. They imply that young Germans actually knew better, that they had hearts and souls that defied the evil of their elders and wished to correct those evils. One wishes that were true, but such is not the case in any epoch, in any time, in any place. Such is human nature to defy the elders, but in such a fashion as to generate an even worse ethic or morality. So, Napola doesn’t satisfy the wish for a therapeutic re-think of past sins. It excuses the past by claiming that the youth really knew better, and often did act in defiance of Nazi policy. A few did, such as Sophie Scholl, but most did not.

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  1. Uncle Dennis says:

    What is going on in Germany? Is it going neo-NAZI? One cannot really understand NAZIism without understanding the forgotten or neglected (or simply generally undisclosed) history of the last two centuries.
    One of the books that inspired NAZIism was The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, popular among the Czar’s police and influential on the young Austrian Corporal Schwartengrueber (Hitler). It is currently popular in the Arab world. Richard Abanes described it briefly in his book American Militias, published by IVP. Abanes, a former member of Victor Wierwill’s The Way group and a protagonist of such confusion-generating groups as the Southern Poverty Law Center. Authorship of The Protocols is by some attributed to French Jesuit Abbe Barruel, who to Abanes’ displeasure, quite correctly attributes the French Revolution to secret societies tracing back to the Middle Ages.
    What The Prototcols do is to draw attention to the dirty laundry of European Jews who have risen to the top of the power structure as international bankers (or “banksters”, as FDR and many others call them) and who are at the core of New-World-Order building today and were instrumental in the formation of the modern-day state of Israel, having subverted the original Zionist movement.
    NAZIism is far more widespread than Hitler and Germany, or neo-NAZI American populist groups. The Establishment – yes, the banksters – are also pro-NAZI and do not mind sacrificing fellow Jews for a “good” cause. In his book, Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, former Hoover Institution researcher at Stanford U., Antony C. Sutton, shows the high-level US connections to NAZIism. Heinrich Ford’s picture hung in Hilter’s Munich office. Indeed, the Big Three auto companies were all headed by NAZIs who became patriotic Americans when it was clear that the Allies were going to win the War.
    I could go on, but the basic point is that in movements such as NAZIism there are grains of unpopular truths that the larger society has yet to confront and resolve. Indeed, when one does bring it out and face it, one is looking at the ruling order of this age.

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