Since it's US release in december, it's been the only film that those who are not obsessed with cinema have spoken about. With it's breathtaking portrayal of the battlefield and heart stopping moments that no doubt took place, critics and audiences alike simply cannot get enough of Sam Mendes' unique approach to a war movie. It has even been compared to war movie 'royalty', such as Saving Private Ryan. Really. If I was just going to praise this movie, then there's not much more I can say that hasn't already been said. Luckily however, I do have some issues with this film and hope that some of you reading this will agree with my points or at least understand my point of view. Just to clarify, I like this film and thoroughly recommend watching it, I simply think it could have been better, and I'm going to explain how.
Upon watching a Holocaust documentary or hearing from a holocaust survivor, one of the many questions that will no doubt be on people’s minds is “how could it happen? How could people sanction and carry out the systematic murder of 6 million people?” The truth is that there are many observations, studies and experiments that attempt to answer that question, but I question whether we study this enough in mainstream Holocaust education. The most common explanations look at societal factors such as the rigorous Nazi propaganda machine that slowly dehumanized the Jews and allowed for the escalation of violence in the years to come, but I don’t believe that this definitively answers the question. Surely mere posters and speeches cannot fill the void between disliking someone because of their religion, which is a common phenomenon in human history, and being able to shoot them dead at point-blank range or lead them into a gas chamber. I Want to explore psychology’s take on the Holocaust and how those closest to the violence and brutality not only went along with it, but actively participated.
In 1942, a British-Czech-Slovak joint operation successfully assassinated one of the most fearsome and high-ranking Nazis in the Third Reich. Regarded by many as the darkest figure in the Nazi elite, Reinhard Heydrich died due to injuries sustained in an ambush on his personal vehicle, which was struck by an explosive device on May 27 of that year.