(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

THE MEANING OF HITLER is the story of the life of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, as well as a look at their influences and parallels today. It tries to examine the meaning of Hitler (what else?) in terms of what caused his rise, how he maintained it, and what the continuing effect of it is. The director tells us about the history of Jewish and Nazi relations, and one example of the influences today is footage of a tour led by Holocaust denier David Irving to Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec and Majdanek, in which Irving explains how everything history tells us about those camps is wrong. Other footage shows neo-Nazi marchers and YouTubers. The film is eclectic in scope, covering even subjects like how a particular microphone work, which probably does not greatly improve the information content of the explanation. The film draws many parallels between Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump over the belief that they have many psychological parallels. As one witness concludes, the problem is not that the Nazis were abnormal, but that the Nazis were *not* abnormal.

Released theatrically 08/13/21. Rating: high +2 (-4 to +4), or 8/10.

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