One of the things I was worried about when I moved to Germany was Nazis. Yes, I know they don't particularly exist anymore. There are such things as the Neo-Nazis but they have a different principle from the one Hitler had in mind. My concern was more to how sensitive bringing up this subject would be. It's probably like the 9/11 to Americans. However, it's probably more sensitive. It turns out to be not as sensitive as I thought. To the elderlies probably but to those younger (around 40-50), it's not all that sensitive at all. Of course, forming your sentences and your relationship to the person you talk to become to of the greatest factor to decide how they will react. In my classes, especially history class, it's almost impossible NOT to bring up the subject. Speaking of which, my history teacher, Mr. Borchers, introduced us to this film a few months back -- which then became my favourite Nazi-themed movie yet -- Napola: Elite für den Führer.
It has many titles in many different languages. In America -- and internationally, it is called Before The Fall. However, I prefer the original title. It translates in English, directly, as Napola: Elites for the Leader. Der Führer (the leader) is a widely known nickname for Adolf Hitler a.k.a. the mind behind the Nazis -- and the many cruel and needless genocide that followed. If I'm not mistaken, this film was based on true story. Well, at least the school was real. Napola was an elite school for young men who wanted -- or was forced by their parents -- to join the Nazi. According to this film, it was located far from the city -- much like all of their concentration camps. It was a lot like military school...maybe even exactly that. But they still taught literatures and the like. Sad to say, there were no familiar faces in this film for me but one man interested me: Jonas Jägermeyr, who played Christoph in this film. If you've watched Dead Poet Society, I should warn you how much this film reminds me of it. However, there's no idolized teacher here. None of the teachers here seemed fitting to be a role model.
So far in my life, I've watched around three serious films focusing on the Nazi: Napola, Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in Striped Pajamas. None of these, I tell you, ends happily. Anne Frank was the first thing that got me thinking about the Nazis -- one of the saddest films I watched before I even hit puberty. It constantly surprises me how oblivious the germans were about what the Nazis were actually doing. Oh, I've also watched Valkyrie and Mein Führer. But I think Valkyrie doesn't really focus on the cruelty of the Nazis and Mein Führer is just plain hilarious. This film makes me hate the Nazi yet even more. The behaviour of the soldiers and the teachers just baffle me. Sometimes I think it's a miracle how this ideal stopped and a wonder that with so many people against that ideal that it spread quite quickly and largely and for so long. So here's to a little twist to your movie dates, all! Have a wonderful Friday and marvelous weekend! Cheerio!