Lest We Forget (Liberation footage at Buchenwald &
Dachau) To many Holocaust scholars, historians, and film experts,
this film is considered one of the most famous propaganda films ever made.
The Nazi regime depicts Hitler as a messianic savior who has descended from
heaven to redeem all of Germany. The film glorifies and promotes
patriotism through the idea of a Germany that will be the Master Race and
someday rule the world. This propaganda was just one branch of the vast
propaganda net they wove. Its depiction of masses of German youth
attending the annual Nazi Party Rally in Nuremberg paints a picture that every
young German aspires to. The other major branch of the propaganda program
is to demonize the Jews who were to be the target of all their hatred. They
viewed the Jews as a cancer on the greater Germany (a medical metaphor) that had
to be cut out to cure the greater organism (patient) which was Germany.
That side of the propaganda can be seen in an equally sinister film, actually
more sinister and vile than one could imagine. That film is "The Eternal