Having grown up in the ruins of post-war Germany, the acclaimed director, screenwriter and producer spoke with Sophie Co. host Sophie Shevardnadze about lessons that can be gleaned from one of the darkest episodes in human history.
The atrocities carried out by the Nazis were the result of a lockstep narrative of “demonization” which replaced facts, Herzog observed. He argued that scapegoating people and entire nations – “Jewish people, the French, the Russians,” and so on – can still be seen “very clearly” today.
It is not so much what is factually happening, it’s who owns the narrative. And we have to be very, very careful and watchful about looking at the media. What are the media doing? Is there some sort of almost collective brainwashing going on or not? … [W]e have to be quite vigilant and we should think on our own.
The “industrialized mass murder” of the Holocaust – a mechanized system of death not seen before in human history – required manufactured consent, he stressed.
[I would infer that Mr. Herzog may be warning white Europeans, Australians, Canadians, Americans and New Zealanders that they are being targeted by “the media”, academia, and their “leaders” for demographic replacement and, ultimately, genocide based upon the narratives of so-called “white privilege” and alleged historical crimes committed in the past that are somehow passed down over time to succeeding generations which “justify” demonizing whites in a way eerily similar to how Jews were demonized in the 1930s in Germany and other European nations under the spell of fascism and Nazism. — S. Byron Gassaway]