Stone, who has previously been accused of promoting conspiracy theories and glorifying violence in his films, has made a new documentary series which he says will place historical figures including Hitler and Stalin “in context”.
In the trailer for “The Secret History of America” the director says: “You cannot approach history unless you have empathy for the person you may hate.”
He told a press conference at the Television Critics Association in California that “we can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good'”.
“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,” he said.
The director claimed many people in America did not understand the connection between the First World War and the Second World War and said his intention was to broaden minds, delving into the funding of the Nazi party and how American corporations were involved in it.