History Film / Conspiracy

19th May '17 8:50:46 PM BatmanKalEl
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* TheDragon: Technically speaking, Heydrich is this to BigBad Heinrich Himmler (who is, in turn, TheDragon to BiggerBad UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler). For the purposes of the film, however, Heydrich is pretty much BigBad on his own.

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* TheDragon: Technically speaking, Heydrich is this to BigBad Heinrich Himmler (who is, in turn, TheDragon to BiggerBad GreaterScopeVillain UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler). For the purposes of the film, however, Heydrich is pretty much BigBad on his own.
28th Apr '17 7:21:48 AM SoapheadChurch
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** Kritzinger did testify to being ashamed of the actions of the Nazis during the Nuremberg trials, but there's no indication in history that he was as strongly opposed to the Final Solution as he is in the film. The film also glosses over the fact that he had been a Nazi since the 1930s, and had faithfully executed the government's antisemitic policies up to that point.



* InsistentTerminology:
** Heydrich insists on referring to the slaughter of Jews as "evacuation," even long after its been made clear that they're talking about a massacre. After a while, the conference members all start correcting ''each other'' when they use a different term.
** While Eichmann and Heydrich are describing their "modificaitons" to the Nuremberg Laws, Stuckart attempts to interrupt the at regular intervals to make sure they're using the terminology that's actually in the laws. Naturally, since they're intending to disregard the law entirely, they ignore him.



* JerkassHasAPoint:
** When Kritzinger finally has a one-on-one conversation with Heyrdich, the latter points out how hypocritical his moral objections to the Final Solution are. He's accepted everything short of outright murder prior to this, including enslavement, marginalization, and imprisonment, so why should this be any different? Even Kritzinger can't manage a response to that.
** When Stuckart goes on a rant about how ignorant and misinformed the Nazi Party's antisemitism is, Klopfer not-so-subtly threatens to report Stuckart to a higher authority. Stuckart brushes him off, saying that the Party has no dominion over the government, but Heydrich takes him aside and intimates to him that yes, Klopfer does have that kind of pull and yes, the Party has Hitler's ear over the government.
** Several of the conference members opposed to the Final Solution make the argument that reducing the population of available labor while fighting a war is a bad idea. Josef Buhler points out that, in the Eastern ghettos at least, none of the Jews are fit for labor anyway: all of them are old or diseased, and those that aren't have never worked a day of hard labor in their lives.



* PetTheDog: When Eichmann's description of the gas chambers makes Hoffman sick to his stomach, Major Lange steps in to comfort him and even offer the other guests the excuse of a bad cigar. It's hardly surprising that Lange, who had been assigned to slaughter civilians by the thousand, would sympathize with not having the stomach for that sort of thing.



* PragmaticVillainy: Many objections are raised to the impending Holocaust, but other than Kritzinger's ones, none of them have anything to do with moral concerns. Stuckart, in particular, is passionate about the the consequences of ignoring established laws, giving virtually unlimited power to the SS, and [[MurderArsonAndJaywalking creating a tidal wave of inheritance claims.]] Others point out that the loss of slave labor will exacerbate labor shortages, and that diverting soldiers, vehicles and trains from the Russian front will weaken the war effort. The closest anyone gets to pointing out the horrors of genocide are concerns that ordering soldiers to kill unarmed women and children en masse would cause 'morale problems' - and then the only solution proposed is to simply change the method of killing.

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* PragmaticVillainy: Many objections are raised to the impending Holocaust, but other than Kritzinger's ones, Kritzinger's, none of them have anything to do with moral concerns. Stuckart, in particular, is passionate about the the consequences of ignoring established laws, giving virtually unlimited power to the SS, and [[MurderArsonAndJaywalking creating a tidal wave of inheritance claims.]] Others point out that the loss of slave labor will exacerbate labor shortages, and that diverting soldiers, vehicles and trains from the Russian front will weaken the war effort. The closest anyone gets to pointing out the horrors of genocide are concerns that ordering soldiers to kill unarmed women and children en masse would cause 'morale problems' - and then the only solution proposed is to simply change the method of killing.



* PunchClockVillain: This trope is taken to its most terrifying extreme, as the Nazis are debating the planning of a genocide of millions as matter-of-factly as they would if it were a business meeting between the heads of a major company. In the end it's simply an administrative job for them, discussed over lunch, as they're all part of a larger machine with only Heydrich having any real authority. Then again it varies from one character to the next. For some, it's just a job, and they enjoy doing their job effectively. Others actually enjoy what they're doing.

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* PunchClockVillain: PunchClockVillain:
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This trope is taken to its most terrifying extreme, as the Nazis are debating the planning of a genocide of millions as matter-of-factly as they would if it were a business meeting between the heads of a major company. In the end it's simply an administrative job for them, discussed over lunch, as they're all part of a larger machine with only Heydrich having any real authority. Then again it varies from one character to the next. For some, it's just a job, and they enjoy doing their job effectively. Others actually enjoy what they're doing.
27th Apr '17 7:44:48 AM benda
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* PragmaticVillainy: Many objections are raised to the impending Holocaust, but other than Kritzinger, none of them raise objections have anything to do with moral concerns. Stuckart, in particular, is passionate about the the consequences of ignoring established laws, giving virtually unlimited power to the SS, and [[MurderArsonAndJaywalking creating a tidal wave of inheritance claims.]] Others point out that the loss of slave labor will exacerbate labor shortages, and that diverting soldiers, vehicles and trains from the Russian front will weaken the war effort. The closest anyone gets to pointing out the horrors of genocide are concerns that ordering soldiers to kill unarmed women and children en masse would cause 'morale problems' - and then the only solution proposed is to simply change the method of killing.

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* PragmaticVillainy: Many objections are raised to the impending Holocaust, but other than Kritzinger, Kritzinger's ones, none of them raise objections have anything to do with moral concerns. Stuckart, in particular, is passionate about the the consequences of ignoring established laws, giving virtually unlimited power to the SS, and [[MurderArsonAndJaywalking creating a tidal wave of inheritance claims.]] Others point out that the loss of slave labor will exacerbate labor shortages, and that diverting soldiers, vehicles and trains from the Russian front will weaken the war effort. The closest anyone gets to pointing out the horrors of genocide are concerns that ordering soldiers to kill unarmed women and children en masse would cause 'morale problems' - and then the only solution proposed is to simply change the method of killing.



--> '''Luther''': Neumann, I introduce Dr. Klopfer, a close associate of the Brown Eminence[[labelnote:note]]Martin Bormann's nickname (a pun on "Grey Eminence", as the right-hand man of Cardinal Richelieu came to be known), brown referring to the brown uniform of the Nazi Party.[[/labelnote]].

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--> '''Luther''': Neumann, I introduce Dr. Klopfer, a close associate of the Brown Eminence[[labelnote:note]]Martin Bormann's nickname (a pun on "Grey Eminence", as the right-hand man of Cardinal Richelieu came to be known), brown "brown" referring to the brown uniform of the Nazi Party.[[/labelnote]].
21st Feb '17 4:09:46 PM benda
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--> '''Luther''': Neumann, I introduce Dr. Klopfer, a close associate of the Brown Eminence.

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--> '''Luther''': Neumann, I introduce Dr. Klopfer, a close associate of the Brown Eminence.Eminence[[labelnote:note]]Martin Bormann's nickname (a pun on "Grey Eminence", as the right-hand man of Cardinal Richelieu came to be known), brown referring to the brown uniform of the Nazi Party.[[/labelnote]].



* UnableToCry: Offscreen, Dr. Kritzinger tells Reinhard Heydrich a story about an old friend who had an abusive father but a doting mother. The man was unable to cry at his mother's funeral, but was strangely broken down in tears and sobbing uncontrollably at his father's funeral. It was because his father's hatred defined the man's life more than his mother's love ever did, rendering him an empty shell who had lost his purpose when the object of his hatred was gone. This ties into a warning that Kritzinger is trying to give Heydrich about his anti-Semitism.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Heydrich has a personal talk with Major Lange about the duties of soldiering. Heydrich seems to view himself as some sort of impromptu mentor figure to Lange, as he tries to convince Lange that all the death they're causing (including ''annihilating an entire people'') is for a "better future". Given Heydrich's sociopathic qualities it's doubtful that he actually believes it himself and was instead just [[FauxAffablyEvil turning up the charm]], but Lange takes the message at face value.

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* UnableToCry: Offscreen, Dr. Kritzinger tells Reinhard Heydrich a story about an old friend who had an abusive father but a doting mother. The man was unable to cry at his mother's funeral, but was strangely broken down in tears and sobbing uncontrollably at his father's funeral. It was because his father's hatred defined the man's life more than his mother's love ever did, rendering him an empty shell who had lost his purpose when the object of his hatred was gone. This ties into a warning that Kritzinger is trying to give Heydrich about his Nazis' anti-Semitism.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Heydrich has a personal talk with Major Lange about the duties of soldiering. Heydrich seems to view himself as some sort of impromptu mentor figure to Lange, Lange (who was the lowest-ranked man at the meeting, personally selected by Heydrich because of his experience of the mass killings in Latvia), as he tries to convince Lange that all the death they're causing (including ''annihilating an entire people'') is for a "better future". Given Heydrich's sociopathic qualities it's doubtful that he actually believes it himself and was instead just [[FauxAffablyEvil turning up the charm]], but Lange takes the message at face value.



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Luther asks this, only to by told by the man doing the shooting that soldiers break down psychologically when they're asked to kill thousands of unarmed 'enemies', including women and children, many of whom were also German nationals. Heydrich and others add that it's a waste of time, manpower, and bullets. Then he turns the subject to gas.

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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Luther asks this, only to by told by the man doing the shooting Lange that soldiers break down psychologically when they're asked to kill thousands of unarmed 'enemies', including women and children, many of whom were also German nationals. Luther is unimpressed, proclaiming that he would be ready to shoot Jews personally. But then Heydrich and others add adds that it's a waste of time, manpower, and bullets. Then he turns the subject to gas.



* YouAreWhatYouHate: The movie touches on the rumors that Heydrich himself was partly Jewish in a back-and-forth between Klopfer and Mueller. Ultimately it neither confirms nor denies them.

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* YouAreWhatYouHate: The movie touches on features the rumors that Heydrich himself was partly Jewish in a back-and-forth between Klopfer and Mueller. Ultimately Mueller; ultimately it neither confirms nor denies them. There were such rumors in RealLife, but there is no evidence to support them.
21st Feb '17 3:51:55 PM benda
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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Eichmann expands on his anti-Semitic obsession by telling a story about how he arranged with a Rabbi to teach him Hebrew, even paying the man out of his own pocket after his superior denied him the funds. The Rabbi was suddenly deported, and Eichmann notes that if the Rabbi had asked him he would have protected the man... until his lessons were complete.

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Eichmann expands on his anti-Semitic obsession with Jews by telling a story about how he arranged with a Rabbi to teach him Hebrew, even paying the man out of his own pocket after his superior denied him the funds. The Rabbi was suddenly deported, and Eichmann notes that if the Rabbi had asked him he would have protected the man... until his lessons were complete.
21st Feb '17 3:24:59 PM benda
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** The film paints Heydrich as holding some feelings and convictions against the Jews. In reality, much like Eichmann, he barely gave them a thought, just mindlessly obeying Hitler and Himmler's orders.
21st Feb '17 3:11:45 PM benda
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* DeadlyEuphemism: As befitting a film about the Holocaust, these are used frequently -- "evacuation" is the term finally agreed upon when discussing the future policy of the regime. Lange gets so pissed off by this he confronts Heydrich, [[EuphemismBuster asking if mass killings were meant by "evacuation"]]. Heydrich simply responds that they were. Infamously, this is TruthInTelevision: direct references to the deadly nature of the FinalSolution were strictly avoided in the official documents.

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* DeadlyEuphemism: As befitting a film about the Holocaust, these are used frequently -- "evacuation" is the term finally agreed upon when discussing the future policy of the regime. Lange gets so pissed off by this he confronts Heydrich, [[EuphemismBuster asking if mass killings were meant by "evacuation"]]. Heydrich simply responds that they were. Infamously, this is TruthInTelevision: TruthInTelevision regarding all official Nazi documents, in which direct references to the deadly nature of the FinalSolution were strictly avoided in avoided. During the official documents.conference itself, however, the participants discussed everything in very blunt terms, not at all bothering with the euphemisms, according to Eichmann's testimony.
21st Feb '17 6:40:24 AM benda
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* NoDelaysForTheWicked: This is Heydrich's ultimate objective during the conference--to cut through all the bureaucratic objections and red tape to start his genocide as quickly as possible. He does this by invoking his authority to convince all the other officials to play along and blackmailing those who still refuse. Near the end he declares that the train system to the death camps will start moving in days instead of weeks, and later boasts that within a year the Nazis will have exterminated every Jew in Europe.

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* NoDelaysForTheWicked: This Played out realistically, as invocation of this trope is in fact Heydrich's ultimate objective during the conference--to cut through all the bureaucratic objections and red tape to start his genocide as quickly as possible. He does this by invoking his authority to convince all the other officials to play along and blackmailing those who still refuse. Near the end he declares that the train system to the death camps will start moving in days instead of weeks, and later boasts that within a year the Nazis will have exterminated every Jew in Europe. While his estimate thankfully fell short of the mark, the trope ''was'' successfully invoked in RealLife: after Wannsee Conference the Third Reich was still plagued by bureacracy and InterserviceRivalry, but they rarely interfered with the proceeding of FinalSolution.
21st Feb '17 5:15:53 AM benda
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* EnemyCivilWar: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]. Mueller at several points in the film interjects when other characters protest the way that the SS is dominating the situation, explaining that there must be a single guiding hand to form policy. If there are multiple objectives then the entire process can fall into shambles as they compete against one another; he likens it to an animal having two heads and a ship having two captains. He explicitly points out that having Martin Bohrmann and Herman Goering fight it out would be disastrous.

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* EnemyCivilWar: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]]. Mueller at several points in the film interjects when other characters protest the way that the SS is dominating the situation, explaining that there must be a single guiding hand to form policy. If there are multiple objectives then the entire process can fall into shambles as they compete against one another; he likens it to an animal having two heads and a ship having two captains. He explicitly points out that having Martin Bohrmann Bormann and Herman Goering fight it out would be disastrous.



** Eichmann himself was the most notable example of this trope, being completely emotionally detached from his actions; in the film he actually comes off as one of the least ibherently anti-Semitic characters. It's no coincidence that the famous phrase ''the banality of evil'' was coined by Hanna Arendt in regards to him. Heydrich was arguably this as well in RealLife; in the film, however, he seems to actually believe in what he's doing.

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** Eichmann himself was the most notable example of this trope, being completely emotionally detached from his actions; in the film he actually comes off as one of the least ibherently inherently anti-Semitic characters.characters who even paid some Jewish rabbi to learn some Yiddish and Hebrew words. It's no coincidence that the famous phrase ''the banality of evil'' was coined by Hanna Arendt in regards to him. Heydrich was arguably this as well in RealLife; in the film, however, he seems to actually believe in what he's doing.
21st Feb '17 5:10:17 AM benda
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** Eichmann himself was the most notable example of this being completely emotionally detached from his actions (it's no coincidence that the famous phrase"the banality of evil" was coined by Hanna Arendt in regards to him). Heydrich was arguably this as well in RealLife; in the film, however, he seems to actually believe in what he's doing.

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** Eichmann himself was the most notable example of this trope, being completely emotionally detached from his actions (it's actions; in the film he actually comes off as one of the least ibherently anti-Semitic characters. It's no coincidence that the famous phrase"the phrase ''the banality of evil" evil'' was coined by Hanna Arendt in regards to him).him. Heydrich was arguably this as well in RealLife; in the film, however, he seems to actually believe in what he's doing.
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