Controversial movie director Oliver Stone topped himself on Sunday, July 25th, when the Academy Award-winning filmmaker defended Adolf Hitler in an interview with The Times of London. The half-Jewish filmmaker blamed Jewish control of the American media for the Nazi Führer’s bad image. Stone also lambasted the “Jewish-dominated” mass media for the United States’ policy towards Israel.
Stone recently directed a documentary South of the Border that canonizes Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, a self-proclaimed enemy of American imperialism. In the New York Times, Larry Rother mentions how Stone has often been lambasted for playing loose with historical fact.
Rother says the documentary “is plagued by the same issues of accuracy that critics have raised about his movies, dating back to JFK. Taken together, the mistakes, misstatements and missing details could undermine Mr. Stone’s glowing portrait of Mr. Chávez.”
Oliver Stone is working on a 10-part TV series called “Secret History of America.” Speaking to The Times of London interviewer Camila Long, he said that the new series will contextualize both Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin, two men all responsible historians rank as the two worse mass murderers in 20th Century history, which ranks them amongst the most blood-thirsty tyrants in all of human history.
Stone told Ling that Adolf Hitler was a “Frankenstein monster,” but one created in part by the United States and Great Britain, the countries that eventually destroyed Hitler’s Nazi Germany, in partnership with Stalin’s USSR during World War II.
“Hitler was a Frankenstein but there was also a Dr Frankenstein,” Stone explained. “German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support.”
Stone fails to mention how the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of August 1939 opened the gate for World War II, which cost at least 50 million lives. The Non-Aggression Pact not only allowed Nazi Germany to go ahead and invade Poland without the threat of a Soviet counterstrike, it called for Hitler to divide up the country with Stalin. The USSR soon invaded a beleaguered Poland from the East, dooming the country.
The USSR occupied its half of Poland until the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. During its occupation, it massacred 20,000 Polish officers at Katyn Forest, the Katyn Massacre that the Soviets later shamelessly insisted be blamed on the Nazis at the Nuremberg Trials.
In the territorial settlements struck after the war, the USSR took back its purloined part of Poland, giving a reconstituted Poland German territory, including Prussia and Silesia, in its stead. Poland soon fell under Soviet domination, effectively negating the ostensible reason that Great Britain and France went to war with Nazi Germany in September 1939.
Most Stalinist leftists after the war excused or ignored the USSR’s critical role in enabling Hitler to launch World War II with the invasion of Poland. Oliver Stone is no different. They, too, blamed American and British complicity with Hitler as the reason Stalin had to strike his own deal with the Nazi dictator, ignoring the fact that the Americans and British never waged war in tandem with such a tyrant.
Adolf Hitler’s body count merely begins with the 5.1 million European Jews he had exterminated. The number of Stalin’s victims usually starts around 20 million. His engineering of the Ukraine famine of 1932-33 (known as the “Holomodor”) was the first example of the Old Crocodile’s taste for mass murder. Between 2.6 million and 10 million, Ukrainians died during an artificial famine (the Soviet Union was exporting Ukraine grains at the time).
Seeking to “contextualize” Hitler, Oliver Stone makes the valid claim that he murdered more Soviets than Jews. However, the 25-30 million Soviets Stone says perished as a result of Hitler’s war on Stalin’s U.S.S.R. represents 1/8th of the total population as of June 1941, when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union. The total population of the Soviet Union in June 1941 was196,716,000. In contrast, Hitler destroyed more than half of European Jewry, which numbered some 9.5 million in 1933.
In countries such as Germany and Poland, major population centers for Jews, the Jews as a people were virtually obliterated. In addition, whereas many of the Soviets were victims of war, albeit, a war of extermination of abject cruelty, Jews were subjected to an industrialized extermination process. It seems incredible that the 64-year-old Oliver Stone, whose father was Jewish and who was educated at the finest schools in America, could ignore this.
Failing to engage in any meaningful attempt to contextualize the numbers he himself raised, Oliver Stone went on to claim in The Times interview that the Shoah (destruction of European Jewry, more commonly called “The Holocaust”) was privileged over the loss of Soviet lives due to Jewish domination of the American media. Stone also got his licks in against Jewish/Israeli political lobbyists in the United States.
“The Jewish domination of the media,” Stone says, is responsible for the emphasis on the Shoah.
“There’s a major lobby in the United States,” Stone said of pro-Israeli groups. “They are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f***** up United States foreign policy for years.”
In a related development, Oliver Stone told Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid The Sun that Mel Gibson — notoriously for the anti-Semitic tirade he went on after a 2006 drunk driving arrest by a Jewish sheriff’s deputy in which he blamed the Jews for all the wars in world histroy — will survive his latest scandal.
The National Enquirer-related celebrity Web site RadarOnline has been posting excerpts of the “Gibson rant tapes” in which the Oscar-wining Gibson not only threatens the life of his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva, but makes racist slurs against African Americans and Latinos. It is generally thought the tapes has scuttled Gibson’s movie career. Stone disagrees.
“Everyone is supposed to have an opinion, but most directors don’t work that way,” Stone told The Sun. “Projects are developed slowly, and over the course of weeks, months, there will be projects, and I am sure many of them will want to have Mel Gibson in them.”
In the context of Stone’s seeming support of Adolf Hitler, this is one celebrity endorsement Mel Gibson can do without.