Originally posted by howardgee
Howardgee: "It is based in fact ..."
Ivanhoe, LH, all you Catholics out there;
you should watch this film.
It is based in fact and demonstrates how your wonderful religious organisation has helped God's people in recent history.
Remember the film is based on a 1963 playwright, "Der Stellvertreter" by Rolf Hochhuth, not a scientific account or investigation of all the relevant historical facts, far from.
"Rolf Hochhuth (born April 1, 1931 in Eschwege/Werra) is a German author.
Hochhuth is best known for his 1963 drama Der Stellvertreter. Ein christliches Trauerspiel (The Deputy, a Christian tragedy), a controversial work because of its criticism of Pope Pius XII. Though of little historical value,
it is acknowledged as a work of considerable literary merit by some, while publisher Ed Keating and journalist Warren Hinckle, who organized a committee to defend the play as a matter of free speech, considered it "dramaturgically flawed." (If You Have a Lemon, Make Lemonade, 1974.) [The Year They Tried To Block The Deputy]
Hochhuth's next play, Soldiers, Necrology on Geneva (1967) criticizes the allied bombing campaigns as war crimes and Winston Churchill as a war criminal
. It also cast doubts about the British involvement in Władysław Sikorski's death. Controversy arose in the UK when the mooted premier at Britain's National Theatre was cancelled, but the play was produced soon after in the West End. The play heavily relied on the work of the young British historian David Irving, who later became notorious as a holocaust denier. Since that time, Irving and Hochhuth have been close friends
and in 2005 Hochhuth drew criticism as he defended his friend against being a holocaust denier, calling the charge "idiotic" and Iriving "an honourable man".
"The movie Amen, filmed in 2002 by Costa-Gavras, was based upon The Deputy
but focused more on the true story of Kurt Gerstein, a devout Protestant and later member of the SS, who wrote an eye wittness report about the gas chambers, and after the war mysteriously died as a POW. []
You should read the following, just for starters (of course only in the case you're more interested in the truth then in political propaganda):
-860,000 lives saved - The Truth About Pius XII and the Jews.
-A Question of Judgment: Pius XII & the Jews.
-How to Manufacture a Legend: The Controversy over the Alleged Silence of Pope Pius XII in World War II.