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Yes, exactly.

I'm not really interested in Life's captioning, but it's rather unimaginative and adolescent to dismiss a significant historical record as 'boring.'

They're candid shots of real people doing real things. Unfortunately the people happened to be monsters, and many of the real things were barbarities.

The interest for me is in the combination of a recognisable and familiar Europe, made disturbing and unrecognisable by fascist pageantry and values.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Aug 25th, 2009 at 07:03:48 PM EST
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ThatBritGuy:
They're candid shots of real people doing real things. Unfortunately the people happened to be monsters, and many of the real things were barbarities.

it occurs to me that as a race, we are addicted to stupidity because our own intelligence is perceived as frightening. people who evolve too much intelligence too early stick out and are often punished, as if the group is threatened by someone getting too far from the average.

perhaps some anti jewish hatred was stimulated by an envy of perceived greater shrewdness/intelligence even.

what will it take to make people enjoy developing their higher cerebral faculties, instead of being freaked out by them?

more humour?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Aug 25th, 2009 at 09:24:09 PM EST
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"but it's rather unimaginative and adolescent to dismiss a significant historical record as 'boring.'"

 Oh, excuse me for disagreeing with you. "It's not very "significant" there's lots of such stuff, the Nazis were very media savvy  - what does it show we haven't seen before ?

For a really significant documentary on the rise of Hitler see "The Double-headed eagle" based on the extensive film from the period.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Wed Aug 26th, 2009 at 11:08:52 AM EST
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From what I understand, much of this archive was not for public...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Aug 26th, 2009 at 02:10:18 PM EST
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But much very like this was.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Aug 28th, 2009 at 06:58:03 PM EST
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