Oliver Stone says Adolf Hitler is ‘easy scapegoat’

Published on January 15th, 2010 | by Admin


Director Oliver Stone is facing a backlash after suggesting that Hitler was made an “easy scapegoat” by history.

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.

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2 Responses to Oliver Stone says Adolf Hitler is ‘easy scapegoat’

  1. I feel the same way as Mr. Stone. To be sure, I’m glad Germany didn’t win, and Hitler certainly got what he had coming to him, but there’s no way that just one man could be responsible for the level of carnage that was World War II. It’ll be interesting to see what Stone does with this movie; hopefully it’ll be more like Platoon and less like Any Given Sunday.

  2. vesey says:

    When a person has such a profound role in making yours and others lives miserable let alone an entire continent, it’s not easy to kick back,grab a drink ,smoke a pipe and philosophize about the complexities of that individual’s personality and try to sort out the good and bad.
    Ironically it’s Oliver Stone perpetuating the “cheap target” aspect of people like Hitler and Stalin by taking advantage of the obvious negative reaction that his project is going to produce in people. His need to play games with peoples emotions implies a mammoth ego. I wonder if Stone is all good or all evil. In second thought i don’t care………….

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