Oliver Stone Says ‘Hitler Is An Easy Scapegoat’

Stone at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, 2009From the Hollywood Reporter:

Director Oliver Stone’s upcoming Showtime documentary miniseries “Secret History of America” promises to put mass murderers such as Stalin and Hitler “in context.”

“Stalin, Hitler, Mao, McCarthy — these people have been vilified pretty thoroughly by history,” Stone told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena.

“Stalin has a complete other story,” Stone said. “Not to paint him as a hero, but to tell a more factual representation. He fought the German war machine more than any single person. We can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good.’ Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and its 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. We want to move beyond opinions … 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.”

The controversial director’s 10-part documentary series for Showtime promises to focus on events that “at the time went under-reported, but crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history of the last 60 years.” Subjects in “History” include President Harry Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan and the origins of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

“You cannot approach history unless you have empathy for the person you may hate,” Stone said during the show’s trailer, which promised to put historical villains “in context.” “I don’t want to put out conventional History Channel product where it’s easy to like it.”…

[continues at the Hollywood Reporter]

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  • Synapse

    You know you've reached a new low in your career when you're trying to show how Hitler wasn't such a bad guy. Yes he did build the German Economy and patriotism, but at an expense more horrible than a normal human being would be willing to directly support. And Stalin only fought the German machine more than any other by throwing millions of people deemed worthless at it and then only after the German machine turned on him and bit him in the behind.

    History is a product of recent history, but existence isn't a justification for what happened or what is happening.

  • honuman

    It would be an injustice to water down the atrocities of the people Stone says history broadly 'villifies' but he is absolutely correct that there are a lot of underreported stories that shaped the events that occured through history that give that history a much more complete picture. This country has routinely propped up dictators and leaders in third world countries that support US interests. Why is Iran such a problem for America? Check the history. It was a CIA playground.

  • Reuben

    Americans really have no clue about German history, the connection between WWI and WWII, and the reality of Hitler. When it is so ubiquitous, the message of Hitler as a larger than life demon, a responsible intellect should be suspicious. Why do they want us to so readily hate and reject this person? Oh right, cause “he killed all those Jews”. Did he? Cause I thought that was Himmler.. anyway, what about Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Dresden? Oh hey, what about our own Native Americans? We have Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill.. Andrew “Trail of Tears” Jackson..

    History is written by the victors.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

      it's funny how even hear on disinfo people get bent up if you even question accepted history.
      the fact of tha matter is Hitler didn't cause WW2, the treaty of Versailles did, If hitler didnt come to power, somebody else would have and would have done the same thing. The American tendency to paint everybody who isn't our dog as a giant demonic evil is just amusing

  • Imakemagick

    Don't underestimate Hitlers involvement in creating the Nazi nightmare. He had the concepts for transforming Germany in his head and written down on paper for years and was finally able to bring his vision of hell on Earth to reality with the help of powerful and disturbingly evil people around him, and with the help of evil people in America as well. Yes the conditions were ripe for allowing fascism at it's worst take root because of past mistakes and circumstances, and it may be true that if it had not been Hitler it would have been someone else, but it was him. These conditions exist at all times in the world that someone may latch onto, even help to create, for their own gain or to further the agenda of some evil conglomerate of men. We just experienced the very same thing in America, it's called the Bush years, and we are not out of the woods yet. But Hitler and those around him must be held accountable for their actions and the lives they destroyed. One can only hope that the same can one day be said of our American fascists.

  • Goerge lusca

    Don’t you guys think the Anti-American, “oh no everything isn’t as it seemed” “You should feel bad for Hitler” “it’s funny how history is written by the victor” “oh god what hitler did wasn’t all that bad because I can pull the fallacy out of my butthole and say we did things bad too because fallacy fallacy fallacy fallacy”
    Post is a little Cliché?…

  • Goerge lusca

    Don't you guys think the Anti-American, “oh no everything isn't as it seemed” “You should feel bad for Hitler” “it's funny how history is written by the victor” “oh god what hitler did wasn't all that bad because I can pull the fallacy out of my butthole and say we did things bad too because fallacy fallacy fallacy fallacy”
    Post is a little Cliché?…

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