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Stone blames US for the rise of Hitler

Oliver Stone has never been one to spot a historical controversy without steaming towards it.

But the latest project from the film-maker behind JFK and W threatens to pitch him into more dangerously hot water than ever before.

The director is battening down the hatches already, saying he fully expects "ignorant attacks" on a new documentary series in which he is promising to "liberalise" Hitler and to finger US corporations for their role in the rise of National Socialism in Germany.


Launching Stone's Secret History of America, the director promised to lay bare the military-industrial complex his fictionalised movie JFK blamed for a conspiracy to kill one president, and which Stone now says is trapping Barack Obama into the errors of his predecessors.

"I don't want to put out a conventional History Channel product where it's easy to like it," the director (63) said. "You cannot approach history unless you have empathy for the person you may hate.

"I've been able to walk in Stalin's shoes and Hitler's shoes to understand their point of view. We're going to educate our minds, liberalise them and broaden them.

"We want to move beyond opinions ... go into the funding of the Nazi party.


"How many American corporations were involved, from GM through IBM? Hitler is just a man who could have easily been assassinated."

Stone unveiled a trailer for his Secret History at the Television Critics Association's biannual press tour in Pasadena, California.

Peter Kuznick, the history professor drafted in as lead writer, clarified: "[Stone]'s not saying we're going to come out with a more positive view of Hitler.

"But we're going to describe him as a historical phenomenon and not just somebody who appeared out of nowhere."