So, it seems that home movies have been discovered of Adolf Hitler. I think there are few things I'd like to see less than home movies of Adolf Hitler. I have this image of Hitler eating a piece of birthday cake, looking up and seeing a camera, and then waving it away with a shy, embarrassed laugh, "Oh, no, no, shut it off, ha, ha!"
I'm reminded of listening to KUSC during a pledge drive about three years ago, when their announcer Jim Svedja was about to play a piece by Schubert. He noted that the music had been used in the HBO film, Conspiracy, about the high-level Nazis meeting to plan the Final Solution. In his always overly-dramatic way, he then said something along the lines of, "They had a recording of this gorgeous piece of music playing, and the leader of this group of Nazis, played by Kenneth Branagh, goes over and can't understand the beauty of the music and turns the record off. And it's at that moment, the moment when you see that they cannot understand something so overwhelmingly beautiful as Schubert, that you...finally...see...how evil...Naziism was."
All I could think was, "No, you see how evil Naziism was when they decide to kill 6 million Jews."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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