I don’t get to see many movies due to my weird work and off hours schedule. The only time I really get to see a movie is when I’m on a plane. Again I watched a classic, Anthropoid. A movie about the assassination of Oberreichfuhrur Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 by Czech freedom fighters. Heydrich was a family man often seen skiing and playing violin with his family. When he wasn’t doing that he was killing innocent men women and children by the thousands. Heydrich was known as The Butcher of Prague, a real cold blooded reptile.
The story is simply excellent well told and you care what happens to each of the good guys. The one traitor of the bunch dies a thousand times due to his cowardice. I won’t spoil it for you but as history tells, Heydrich indeed dies but the Germans exact a horrible price for their success.
Sometimes I wonder to myself if I could withstand such torture that was inflicted on the captured partisans, I just don’t know. Now we have a leader who thinks torture is just fine. God have mercy on us if torture is to be in America’s tool bag of interrogation methods. Are we any better than the Germans of that time? In the movie, the violin playing son of the female partisan is tortured beyond belief by a sadistic gestapo interrogator. What a living nightmare, I had to turn away and take my ear buds out until it was over.
I know it was just a movie but thousands died because they killed Heydrich that morning. Imagine, one man’s death causing a whole town to be razed and it’s people killed plus thousands more murdered in Prague… I’m going to say this again: in 1933 Germany, no thought their country would do what they did. They only believed that their leader would make their country great again…. This too will pass