It's hard to imagine how horrific the concentration camps must have been for the soldiers who stumbled upon them. I'm curious to know if there will be any more about that in the interviews with the real 101st Airborne Veterans on the bonus disc (or if there is such interviews - I haven't looked at the bonus disc yet).
The sight of the German men, women, and children civilians being forced to bury the Jewish dead seemed both just and terrible at the same time. Gosh that must have been hard - as was when Nixon and some of the others opened the dormiciles where the Jews who were too weak to walk outside lay dying.
Those scenes make me so mad. I wanted to see them "kill some Krauts" after that. The impact of the episode is actually stronger because they don't.
But I felt the anger of that soldier who nearly shot the baker as they were raiding his store for food provisions.
Remember when the guy reading "the article" said that it related "why we fight the war" because the Nazi's are bad? Yeah. They were really evil. It's hard to find examples of evil existing sometimes. But Hitler and the Nazis serve as the best definition.
The Concentration Camp episode is easily the best of the series, IMO.
It's a really powerful and emotional episode, which is saying quite a bit with this series, since they were all pretty powerful and emotional.
Wow. Major Dick Winters is a real-life American hero still alive today (I'm assuming).
It choked me up to hear the real Mjr. Winters relate how his grandson asked if he was a hero in the war, and he said that his men that died were the real heroes.
That's powerful stuff. Even moreso - because it's real!
"We're paratroopers! We're supposed to be surrounded." - US Army Major Richard "Dick" Winters.
Dick Winter is, in fact, still alive. If you look at the Band of Brothers Wikipedia page it lists all the men with birthdates/death dates. Plus, it's a really good episode guide and has some interesting facts. I loves me some Wiki. :)
As for characters, I really like Lt."Buck" Compton, Capt. Spiers, SSgt. Bill Guarnere and Lt. Lipton. Good guys. I found it interesting that Compton was the DA in the Sirhan Sirhan case after he killed Bobby Kennedy.
The best episode for me is "Breaking Point". The assault on Foy at the end is awesome. The best part for me is Lt. Spiers leaveing Sgt. Lipton's squad and running across German defenses to link up with another element of the assault. Lipton's narration makes that part for me:
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"They didn't shoot, probably because they couldn't believe their eyes from what they saw. But the most amazing thing was, after he made contact with I company, he came back."
The only bad part about that line is that he says it to Jimmy Fallon. :DQuote:
Originally Posted by Tycho
Who did Stalin kill in the USSR? I mean Hitler focused on eliminating Jews mainly. What was Stalin's genocidal criteria? How did we find out about it? Did we know about it then and Rooseveldt and Churchill just put up with him because he needed Russia on our side in the war effort?
Communism is not evil but it threatens capitalist nations and their presidents and lawmakers who feel they are elected to first and foremost manage the business interests of their corporations for their nation. The USA: Government of the Corporations, by the Corporations. We're smarter than to think "we the people" count (though they ought to). So why do most communist nations have to be run by dictatorships who oppress their people?
Why is it better off that "the one-percent" succeed in business because they have "freedom" in a capitalist country, while zero-percent may succeed under a communist dictatorship? Isn't a socialist democracy the happy-compromise? When people extoll the virtues of being free in a capitalist society, isn't the rich the only ones who have enough money to be heard?
You or I are never likely to be rich-rich. We have the freedom to try, but the odds are stacked against us.
Is that freedom worth others too dysfunctional to purchase healthcare on their own, suffering? Is it better to be callous and watch them suffer or die?
Was Stallin's empathetic solution just to kill them? Wasn't he a thug and didn't really understand the philosophies of Karl Marx and Vladamir Lenin anyway? It seems by partnering with him even in World War II's circumstances, the victims of the USSR has left some blood on our hands.
That's the thing Tycho, the concept or original idea is good, but isn't it always perverted? Stalin was a paranoid phsychopath. He killed his own people. Or the ones who opposed him. Even the ones in his paranoid mind might threaten his power. http://www.historyplace.com/worldhis...ide/stalin.htm