Thursday, August 15, 2002

The Nation Post is reporting that there is a miniseries about Hitler's formative years is in the works.

The miniseries, which is being produced by Alliance Atlantis and directed by Canadian Christian Duguay, is based on the biography Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris, written by Sir Ian Kershaw, a professor of modern history at Sheffield University and the man widely regarded as the planet's pre-eminent expert on the Third Reich

The story talks about TV critics,largely negative, reaction to the idea. But if I have the time when, if it comes out I'll give it a chance. Hitler is an almost perfect data point in understanding what people think about the question of evil. Almost everyone agrees that Hitler was evil, so what we learn is what people think that means. A couple of examples come to mind.

Philip Yancy's article Beyond Flesh and Blood, subtitle: I used to disdain biblical talk of "invisible spirits." No more.

Try to explain on rational grounds the mass insanity that seized Germany in Hitler's day. ... The experts have no answer but "forces beyond our control." New Testament writers agree and do not hesitate to name those powers

I saw Dr. Morgantaller in a debate at the University of Alberta back in the early 90's. He's a holocaust survivor, so as you can imagine, he has some thoughts on Hitler. He believes Hitler was the result of an unhappy home life. He explained, in his opinion, how providing abortion services helps prevent furture Hitlers by making sure each child is a "wanted" child.

The most common trend I've noticed is to cast Hitler as simply insane, a monster, a no-longer-human example of evil. That position worries me. If we place Hitler out side the human experience it makes it easier to deny the evil in our own societies, and in our own hearts. If Hitler was human, than he's stands as warning of how we can go so very wrong.

I don't know if the mini series will be well done or not. But it could be a chance for some interesting discussions on the nature of evil.


No comments: