There is a movie to avoid Amen, which is – on the surface – about the Nazi Reich’s extermination of the Jews and of “unproductive” people. A military scientist (based on a real person) who realizes what is going on – the Final Solution -and then, having a conscience, tries to stop it with the help of a young (fictional) Jesuit.
Under the surface, the movie is anti-Catholic disinformation. Actually, a lot of the anti-Catholic stuff is on the surface.
It is really creepy in some of its “good” elements. There have to be good and truthful elements in order to lack the lies slither into your brain and start replacing facts and common sense:
- A girl is doing math word problems. She is asked to figure out how many middle class homes could be built for the cost of on insane asylum. This comes right after a scene in which patients in a hospital are euthanized.
- Archbp. von Galen, the “Lion of Münster”, marches into a government building and threatens the officials that he will expose what they are doing. Later, he is denouncing from the pulpit what is being done to “unproductive” people.
- There is an elaborate scene in which the principal tries to find a way to listen to Pius XII’s 1942 Christmas radio address (but it gets the text wrong).
These are intended to distract you.
Be warned: There is strong undercurrent of propaganda in it against Pius XII and the Catholic Church. This film is based on the vile 1963 play by Rolf Hochhuth, The Deputy, a Christian Tragedy, which was a project of the KGB to attack Pius XII and the Catholic Church through “disinformation”.
The production values are fairly high, for there was clearly a lot of money behind it. Happily, the film at a certain point becomes incoherent, ridiculously preachy in all the wrong ways.
After watching this slithery dreck I cleansed by mind and heart by watching a John Wayne movie. Refreshing.
There are other antidotes to the disinformation dreck.
Be sure to check out Gary Krupp’s Pope Pius XII and World War II: The Documented Truth: A Compilation of International Evidence Revealing the Wartime Acts of the Vatican There is, I believe, an early and a more recent edition of this book, which I wrote once about HERE. The great thing about this book is it provides photographic images of primary evidence.
An important book, not only for what was purposely done to Pius XII (such as The Deputy), but also what is happening today in many circles in these USA, is by Prof. Ron Rychlak, called Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism co-authored with, principally, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa. Pacepa was the head of intelligence in Romania who fled to the West when he was asked to start killing people. He is an expert on the Soviet technique of framing, disinformation, creating false narratives and history. The book exposes the Communist background of seemingly-benign organizations and explains the treatment received by Cardinals Stepinak, Mindszenty and Wysznski and, of course, as I mentioned above, Pius XII. More HERE.
You also want to read, for sure, Rychlak’s Hitler, The War, And The Pope. Rychlak is a professor at Ol’ Miss who teaches in the Law School about evidence.
I also just finished reading the new book by Dick Morris called Power Grab. This is about the efforts of the Obama Administration to create a one party nation (guess which one). The descriptions of the way Obamacare was implemented, how the EPA works, what is being done by executive order. It is well documented.
Finally, I am well into The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building ofthe Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough. This is a ripping good yarn about an amazing feat during an interesting transitional period of American history. David McCullough is superb. If you haven’t read his biography of John Adams, you have a treat in store.
I have a whole bunch of ancient Roman historical fiction novels in the queue and some more nautical, Royal Navy items as well. I am grateful to readers who have sent Kindle books.
In any event, get Kindle, keep reading, keep learning, keep expanding yourselves.