Ron Radosh: Oliver Stone's 'Empathy' for Hitler

Roundup: Historians' Take

[Mr. Radosh is an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute and co-author of "A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel" (Harper, 2009).]

In London for the British premiere of his new documentary on Hugo Chávez, film director Oliver Stone paused on July 25 to talk to the press about his forthcoming 10-hour Showtime television documentary, "The Secret History of America."

Mr. Stone promised that his new series would put "in context" and "show empathy" for people many Americans hate, like Hitler and Stalin. In an interview with London's Daily Telegraph, Mr. Stone said that Jewish deaths during World War II had to be viewed "in proportion," since "Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people."

When asked why so much attention is paid to the Holocaust, Mr. Stone blamed "Jewish domination of the media." The Jewish lobby in the United States, he said, was "the most powerful lobby in Washington" and had "[expletive deleted] up United States foreign policy for years."...

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