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Oliver Stone Calls Hitler ‘Easy Scapegoat’

New documentary may prove slightly controversial

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Stone in Pasadena this weekend.(Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images))

We’re guessing this won’t be the last time you hear about this. Oliver Stone has directed a 10-part documentary for Showtime called Secret History of America. It will, among other things, try to draw some revisionist shades of gray when it comes to Adolph Hitler. Said the controversial filmmaker:

Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect … People in America don’t know the connection between WWI and WWII … I’ve been able to walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view. We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. … Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM. Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated.

Actually, many people in America do know the connection between the two world wars (briefly, the overly punitive peace imposed on Germany in 1919 cultivated a climate well-suited to Nazism). Many are also aware that IBM and others were complicit, or worse, in some of Nazi Germany’s actions. Stone’s “history,” in other words, is hardly “secret.” If he wants a better word to describe it, we have a few ideas.

Oliver Stone’s ‘Secret History’ To Put Hitler ‘In Context’ [The Live Feed via Jeffrey Goldberg]

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Oliver Stone Calls Hitler ‘Easy Scapegoat’

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