THE MEANING OF HITLER (film review by Mark R. Leeper)

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Mark Leeper

Nov 14, 2021, 9:01:01 AM11/14/21
THE MEANING OF HITLER is the story of the life of Adolf Hitler
and the Nazi Party, as well as a look at their influences and
parallels today. It tries to examine the meaning of Hitler (what
else?) in terms of what caused his rise, how he maintained it,
and what the continuing effect of it is. The director tells us
about the history of Jewish and Nazi relations, and one example of
the influences today is footage of a tour led by Holocaust denier
David Irving to Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec and Majdanek, in which
Irving explains how everything history tells us about those camps
is wrong. Other footage shows neo-Nazi marchers and YouTubers.
The film is eclectic in scope, covering even subjects like how a
particular microphone work, which probably does not greatly improve
the information content of the explanation. The film draws many
parallels between Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump over the belief
that they have many psychological parallels. As one witness
concludes, the problem is not that the Nazis were abnormal, but
that the Nazis were *not* abnormal.

Released theatrically 08/13/21. Rating: high +2 (-4 to +4), or

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