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‘Lore’ and the mentality that probably infects Israelis

The new movie ‘Lore’ (a German-language film directed by Australian Cate Shortland) is a dark, fascinating reminder of the racist and ultimately murderous mentality generated by pervasive state propaganda and completely groveling media. Not that the film focuses on the media, it centers on the result, the debasement of most of the people into paranoid, Jew-hating murder machines, or at least (and ain’t it basically the same thing?) supporters of such murder.

Gawd I wish Roger Ebert were around to review it. He had a weakness for humane, populist films, especially those with a focus on children and how life corrupts them and how they resist that corruption. The central character here, fourteen-year-old (?) Lore, is going through that process in the worst of circumstances and sociopathically handicapped by her upbringing. Warped by her parents, true believer/hater concentration camp administrator a-holes, she’s still a kid who has of course retained a child’s idealism and desire to be a good person.

Lore and the film still haunt me a day after watching. Very good, but not a happy film.

Hip tat to Edward Teller’s The Only Occupied European Country to Save Its Jews from the Nazis Recognizes Palestine – Google It!, which has inspired good historical learning and pondering around here in recent days. The history-inspired theme continues in his The Weirdness of Zionist Reaction to Stephen Hawking Supporting Global BDS, which includes discussion of a famous 1938 Einstein speech opposing the establishment of a Jewish state: “my awareness of the essential nature of Judaism resists the idea of a Jewish State, with borders, an army, and a measure of temporal power, no matter how modest. I am afraid of the inner damage Judaism will sustain – especially from the development of a narrow nationalism within our own ranks …”

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