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22 July 2010

German film"Triumph des Willens" Art of Propaganda

Nazis' propaganda film directed by female director, Leni Riefenstahl. It means "Triumph of the will."

The footage was recording of Nazi's party convention in September 1934. I bought a book on Hilter, that came with DVD of the old film.

It was in fact, fascinating and well-done. The film contains modern technique of propaganda.

Not just focusing on Hitler and his subordinates but young party members who attended the convention.

It looked like all the people in the convention were unified under the same spirit.

Of course, I should never say it was a great movie. Nazis were wrong.

However when it was first released in public, no one would never predict hollocaust would happen by them.

 

The important thing is how we defend ourselves from such brainwashing.

We have to watch out not to happen again.

The below is me at Auschwitz 2 years ago. The other one is chimney pipe of the 1st gas chamber.

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27 June 2010

German film "Die Welle" It can be true!

The story took place in Highs School in Germany. One high school teacher taught students what the dictatorship (Autokratie) is.

Students never understood what it was and believed things like Third Reich would never happen again.

Then the teacher decided to do psychological experiment in his class and the students' attitude gradually changed in scary way.

The story was not well-done, not convincing althought it was based on a true story.

However, I understand fear of charisma featured in the film because I recently experienced something like that by the man in the below photo.

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He has become public icon since fall of 2008 after being dismissed as Japanese Air force chief due to his publicly released essay which justified Japan's past invasion. Details are described in this article. He has published several books since then. I bought one of them.

He is in fact charismatic and neo-fascist-like but at the same time very realistic because of his knowledge gained in his career.

No one wants to be isolated in the society. So people want some kind of symbol to strengthen the unity.

Yes, it can revive as described in the film. Especially those who are not smart, and youngsters can be easily manipulated.  

Being attracted to it sometimes makes you feel great like drugs.

We need to be cool about what a learder says in order to avoid tragedy.

07 June 2010

German Film"Anonyma-Eine Frau in Berlin" tells how you survive in turmoil

A true story of German woman who lived through in Russian occupied Berlin, 1945.

Women in Berlin were raped by Russian soldiers. But they have to go through that because they were defeated.

Not only that, their nation was in fact aggressor of the war, which killed many Russian civilians.  

The main character took note of that horrible days. As time passes by, they felt normal in their situation.  

 

Well, I guess the same is true in Japan after the war. Japan was defeated nation, too.

Although more than 60 years have passed, we still feel occupied by the U.S.

Recently there was a dispute between the two countries over military base on Okinawa island.

See the articles on Okinawa tag to know the detail.

After months of turmoil, Japan seemed to give in. Many felt very humiliated by the outcome, that resulted in resignation of prime minister.

However, there is a difference, we do not get used to the defeat any more.

I think because of this, more Japanese have become hostile towards the U.S. rather than accepting the defeat.

I am one of them. So I will not accept the outcome but work hard to change the course.  

In fact, Japan is not very dependent on the U.S. any more. Japan lends so much money to the U.S.

So this gave a great chance to make a distance from the U.S.

 

I recently feel so close to German. The both countries started aggression and invaded neighboring nations. The both countries were allied during the world war II. They both are defeated and then occupied by the former enemy states and lived through humilation after the war.

Stupidly I can even feel close to Hitler.

Well, every nation has a story of survival. I am studying German recently.

Ich liebe Deutschland. Danke. The below photo is Reichstag in Berlin, where I visited in July, 2008.

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Deutschland uber alles in der Welt fur me!

 

 

 

 

14 September 2009

Comic Version of "Mein Kampf"

Recently controversial Manga (Comic) book was published in Japan. The comic was digest version of what is written on original thick book, "Mein Kampf (My Struggle)."

Left one is comic and right one is Japanese complete translated version.

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As you know it was written by Adolf Hitler, dictator of Nazi-Germany, the book described his biography from when he was childhood until imprisonment after Munich rebel in 1923. It contains so much of Anti-semitism.

The pictures of the book reminds me of CBS Minis-Series "Hitler, The Rise of Evil." Surely the book and the drama should somewhat overlap because both are at least partially based on the same book.

In Germany publication of the book is banned. Actually the book wasn't very popular one at the time it was published.

This comic version is one of the series of classic literature including "Crime and Punishment," and "Faust."

I am recently very interested in Hitler and Nazi-Germany. How he got on the top and why such atrocities happened.

Recently Japan experienced similar phenomenon, an Air Force Chief was fired because of his provocative essay released in public which contradicts Japan's position of war responsibility and justified what Japan did to neighboring nations such as occupation and colonization.

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His statement to the government's treatment was really similar "Strangely I was fired because I've made good statements for the nation."

After he left defense ministry, he became an icon among right-wing people. He published several books and made speeches all over the nation. I am sure he will run candidancy for next coming election. Strangely I, not so conservative person have been very much attracted to him since his public appearance. I bought one of his books. I went to his speeches and shook hands with him. Please read this if you want to know more about my passion for him. That is why I am feared. He has charisma and intelligence to lead people.

So that is why I am studying things about Hitler and Nazi-Germany.

I am now writing a novel which the story takes place in 1930's Germany on this blog. The theme of the novel is Nazism versus liberalism such as Bauhaus art. Please read "Bauhausler" if you are intereted.