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Nazis sure good at Propaganda




This film is an excellent example of how propaganda can warp the mind.

The fairly accurate story of the Titatnic, with a Nazi twist to make England look like real creeps.

Worth watching.

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Of course they sank it! Isn't Iceberg a Jewish name?

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I actually was surprised by the sublety of the propaganda. There was no explicit anti-semitic material, either.

In fact, while the British culture is blamed for the disaster (we can't deny it was a British ship, and a British shipping company), at the same time, the finger is pointed at capitalism. These two are combined in "eternal lust for profit", or how did they put it.

Apart from the propaganda, I think the film is excellent.

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"Subtlety of the propaganda"? Are you kidding? If there's one thing the Nazis weren't noted for, it was subtlety. (Germans in general aren't known as a subtle people.)

This film is so heavily laden with propaganda that the weight of it alone could have sunk the ship. The absence of anti-semitic material is irrelevant. The film was a blatant, heavy-handed propaganda attack from start to finish. In fact, there was relatively little in it that was not propagandistic.

Beyond its overall anti-British, anti-capitalist message, the English characters are mostly drawn as either evil, arrogant or unpleasant, while the fictitious German First Officer is depicted as noble, upright, dedicated, concerned only with the safety of innocent people and in revealing the truth about his unscrupulous employers. In short, he embodies all the typical Nazi qualities.

By the way, the White Star Line was, by 1912, not a British shipping company. In fact, it had been taken over several years earlier by a combine called IMM (International Mercantile Marine) which was wholly owned and controlled by the American financier J. P. Morgan. Morgan preferred to keep the line under the British flag for prestige reasons, but it was to all intents and purposes an American company.

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Agreed, it wasn't accurate nor subtle. I don't know how anybody can think that when it slaps you in the face with propaganda within the first few minutes. Not to mention, the hero in the story was, I believe, the only German officer on board. While every British officer, Ismay, etc was doing everything for greed the German officer is the only person who does anything noble.

Furthermore, it shouldn't be surprising they had little to no anti-semetic material in this film. The Nazis hated anybody that was against them and they were in the middle of war with Great Britain and it's allies. The film is about a piece of British history to specifically smear Britain as the villains. It would have made no sense, even for Nazis, to include anti-semitism.

Don't forget that 12 million people perished in the holocaust. 6 million were Jewish and the other 6 million included political prisoners, homosexuals, and any other group they couldn't stand. Jewish people weren't the only group that Nazis wanted to get rid of, and this film is a prime example of that. I don't know why people expect Nazis to be only anti-semetic in their propaganda. They waged war against anybody who didn't fall in line with them, Jewish or not.

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This film is an excellent example of how propaganda can warp the mind.

The fairly accurate story of the Titatnic, with a Nazi twist to make England look like real creeps.

Worth watching.

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