Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Roland Freisler

One reason that Sophie Scholl: The Final Days is so good is that, unlike most movies about World War II Germany, it does not portray the Germans as cartoon characters, but instead in a more realistic, life-like manner. There is one exception though -- Roland Freisler, the judge of the People's Court, which condemned Hans and Sophie Scholl and other members of the White Rose. In the film, the actor gives an over-the-top, oafish, bombastic, cartoon-like performance because that is what the actual Freisler was like in real life.

We have discussed how sometimes we might allow our consciences to go to sleep or we might otherwise have difficulty confronting the evil that is before us. But that should not have been a problem with respect to the screams and ravings of "Judge" Roland Freisler and the farce of justice that was dispensed in the People's Court.

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