59. Were films such as “Holocaust” and “The Winds of War” documentary films?

Ernst Zündel Replies:
Rebuttal # 59

The IHR is right. Take, for instance, the film “Winds of War”, which at the very opening starts with a well-known frozen image of a famous black-and-white photograph – the Polish theatre of war in 1939. The photograph then, as if by magic, turns into color – becomes alive in color movement and sound and turns into a film.

Clever camera work. Clever production. Very deceptive.

The same can be said for Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” where sometimes hand-held cameras were used to give the film the effect of jiggling news reels of the day. It was deliberately filmed in black and white to make the public think they are seeing a documentary news reel type World War II film. Such an effect is used for political purposes and is, therefore, cunning and dishonest.

How dishonest Spielberg’s bunch is can best be illustrated by how Kenneally’s novel (“Schindler’s Arc”), the book on which the film was based, has changed within a very few years in successive printings from a novel in which any “similarities to real people and characters are merely coincidental” to a “work of history” in the next few editions.

Most people swallow that. Already teachers are taking high school classes to this semi-pornographic and highly immoral film to “teach them history.” Judges in courts in America are condemning skinheads as part of their sentence to watch the film – “to learn something about history.”

What a farce!

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