31 July 2015 | gaylemcbain
The focus on how charisma influenced a nation
I couldn't disagree more with skyscorpio in regards to this documentary. Granted, the segues using the red screen with the Swastika & the music was a bit cheesy, but this documentary is about how charisma & censorship can influence an entire country and how dangerous that can be.
His brilliance was the ability to take advantage of the what was going on at the time. The German people did have a right to be angry after WWI. The allies took terrible advantage of their surrender & being greedy, demanded revenge. This caused extreme hardship on the economy causing poverty & homelessness. The middle class was being wiped out of any savings due to ridiculous inflation. Unfortunately, the blame was wrongly placed on the Jews & Communists. Hitler, being extremely Anti-Semitic, spoke about this in depth. That's when he found his true calling, public speaking.
The film highlights the orchestrated, but subtle steps Hitler & his cohorts took to gain total control of an entire country. With his charisma, he was able to totally convince the population that by their specific genetics alone, they were superior to anyone else on the planet. If you did not fall into a precise set of parameters, you were inferior. And who wouldn't want to believe that they belonged to a group that was better than everyone else. This was especially taught to children, starting at a very young age. He preached to them that he was their Savior, and he along with his inner circle, really started to believe that. Between this and severely controlling the type of information being communicated or allowed, he took over.
Sure, he was devastated when his mother died. His biggest cheerleader, who had always doted on him, telling him he could do no wrong, & feeding into his ego, was gone. She made him feel like he was the sun, the moon, & the stars, and now that was finished. He had also just a few weeks before found out that he wasn't going to school for art & he was shattered.
One thing I really learned about about him was how much of a narcissistic, sociopath he really was. He didn't know anything about military strategy, & and actually his first successes were mostly luck & apathy on the part of the allies. But he constantly made bad decisions regarding day to day combat. He didn't support his troops or their leaders with enough resources, but demanded that they fight until death. Maybe he wasn't a buffoon, but he was clearly insane.
This film is more about the German people than of Hitler & how easily it can happen. How when people are living in deplorable conditions, they may believe, do, and allow anything to transpire including losing their humanity.