Stone backlash over claims Hitler was a 'scapegoat'
Published 11/01/2010 | 05:00
Oliver Stone (left), the controversial film director, is facing another backlash after suggesting that Hitler was made an "easy scapegoat" by history.
Stone, who has previously been accused of promoting conspiracy theories and glorifying violence in his films, has made a new documentary series which he says will place historical figures including Hitler and Stalin "in context".
In the trailer for 'The Secret History of America' the director says: "You cannot approach history unless you have empathy for the person you may hate."
He told a press conference at the Television Critics Association that "we can't judge people as only bad or good".
"Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it's been used cheaply. He's the product of a series of actions. It's cause and effect," he said.
The director claimed many Americans did not understand the connection between World War One and World War Two and said his intention was to broaden minds, delving into the funding of the Nazi Party and how American corporations were involved in it.
Stone said he did not want to make an "easy" history programme and talked about trying to understand people he despises. His series will aim to uncover little reported facts that shaped the United States.
Professor Peter Kuznick, the lead writer on the series, said the programme would not portray Hitler in a more positive light, but would describe him as a historical phenomenon rather than "somebody who appeared out of nowhere". (© Daily Telegraph, London)