The Goebbels Experiment is a reading of the diaries kept by Joseph Goebbels from 1924 to 1945.
Release date: 2005
Run Time: 108 minutes
Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
On Netflix: Yes
Director: Lutz Hachmeister
Its one thing to read history that has been written by the victors, its another thing to read it from the people that were there.
The Goebbels Experiment is an amazing film that provides insight to the workings of German life and the Nazi party.
I had hoped Joseph Goebbels would explain why the Jews were exterminated during world War II. There were a couple of comments that stated “the jews do not respond to kindness”, and the “jews are parasites.” Besides that there was no in-depth explanation as to why the jews were hated by the German people.
There was no explanation as to why Germany invaded France.
There was no explanation as to why Germany attacked England.
There was no explanation as to why Germany attacked Russia.
In the mid-1930s Joseph Goebbels says that peace must be maintained. If war broke out, that it would affect the entire world.
By the early 1940s Joseph Goebbels was promoting total war on Russia.
What happened between the mid-1030s to the early 1940s that caused a change of heart?
How could a man that says he loves his children call for a total war against his enemies? For someone that was supposed to love his children, why did Goebbels have his children murdered?
It ok to declare total war on Russia and call for its total destruction, but Goebbels was not ready to accept the fate Hitler had condemned upon others?
A couple of issues came out during the movie, Joseph Goebbels battled depression and questioned his self-worth, which most of us also deal with.
Goebbels has some harsh words for jews, but then again he seemed to have harsh words for a lot of people. He mentions deporting jews from Berlin, but there is no mention of the concentration camps or exterminating the jews.
At around 53:00 into the movie, there is mention of a jewish book called “murder in devose” (not sure of the spelling). Joseph Goebbels says the following about the book – “a nasty jewish effort that could turn you into an anti-semite if you were not not already one. This jewish plague needs to be eradicated.”
As of yet I have not been able to find the book Goebbels was referring to. What “exactly” about the book was so offensive?
If one can get past the hatred for nazis that has been instilled upon us, The Goebbels Experiment is insightful, to say the least.