If there is one thing I have learned from the movies is that everyone loves watching Nazis die. You can have a movie with no premise other than Nazi’s get killed. Actually that is all you need for a movie to be moderately successful:
- Someone too young having to make dire sacrifices in an unforgiving area
- A love affair doomed to die
- Someone over coming the odds, i.e surviving conflict out of dumb luck)
- Lot’s of Nazi’s being killed
- Sombre piano and violin music
This is my formula for a successful movie. Picture this allies have been decimated trying to recapture this once scenic county in France, they are fighting the fiercest battalions Germany has created. (blah blah blah) Tom Hardy Stars as a crazed sadistic Nazi who right before being killed shows some humanity and gives a girl who he fell in love with but never returns his affections a key so that her and her family/rag tag crew of survivors can get out of the war torn town they are in… See the beginnings of Oscar Nominations.
Even Rocky Gervais would agree:
Something I didn’t Know
Something I learned
The outbreak of World War II saw thousands of people across Europe volunteer for military service, in a bid to do their duty for their respective countries. But among those who stepped forward for Britain were 10,000 German and Austrian nationals, who had fled the Nazis and were willing to fight against their own countrymen. Known as “the King’s most loyal enemy aliens” many, but not all, were Jewish.
Turns out that not all German were evil. There was a German Resistance check this out (from Wiki)
The German resistance consisted of small and usually isolated groups. They were unable to mobilize political opposition, and their only real strategy was to persuade leaders of the Wehrmacht to stage a coup against the regime: the 1944 assassination attempt against Hitler was intended to trigger such a coup. Approximately 77,000 German citizens were killed for one or another form of resistance by Special Courts, courts martial, and the civil justice system. Many of these Germans had served in government, the military, or in civil positions, which enabled them to engage in subversion and conspiracy; in addition the Canadian historian Peter Hoffman counts unspecified “tens of thousands” in concentration camps who were either suspected or actually engaged in opposition.
World War II was the deadliest military conflict in history. Over 60 million people were killed, which was over 2.5% of the world population. Of all the Axis powers the Nazi’s seemed to enjoy the torture they dished out and probably two centuries after the end of the war there will be actors making a career out of Holocaust movies. It’s still nice to give a shout out to the Germans who tried to stop the military machine, and also all the people who lost their lives trying to fight for freedom and an end to tyranny.
I didn’t know of those Germans who went to Britain to help the Allies. It’s nice to learn something new Now off to watch Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. When I watch movies where Nazi’s get what’s coming to them, I always like it if there is a bit of the supernatural and biblical references.