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"I'm A Nazi" Says Director Von Trier At Cannes
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(JTA) -- Danish film director Lars Von Trier described himself as a Nazi who is not against Jews during the Cannes Film Festival.

Von Trier, who was at the festival to promote his film "Meloncholia," reportedly made the comments in jest. During a news conference Wednesday he said that "I am a Nazi," and called Israel "a pain in the ass."

“I really wanted to be a Jew, and then I found out that I was really a Nazi because, you know, my family was German, which also gave me some pleasure," he said.

“What can I say? I understand Hitler, but I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely. But I can see him sitting in his bunker in the end. He’s not what you would call a good guy, but I understand much about him, and I sympathize with him a little bit. But come on, I’m not for the Second World War, and I’m not against Jews. I am very much for Jews. No, not too much, because Israel is a pain in the ass.”

Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants, in a statement said that "Holocaust survivors condemn Von Trier's repulsive comments as an insensitive exploitation of victims' suffering for self-serving promotion and publicity.

"His vulgar comments may have been made in jest and for shock, but those subjected to the brutalities of the Nazi regime cannot find amusement in recalling the torture and deaths of those terrible times. We cannot give a review of his film, but as a person Von Trier is a moral failure."


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05/19/2011 - 09:30

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It seems Lars Von Trier doesn't quite understand what he said. I urge everyone to write to him & the Danish Government complaining about his action. The Nazis were directly or indirectly responsible for the death of 90 million people worldwide. Their goal was to enslave the world to Germany and eliminate all non-Arayan races (ie. not being blond & blue-eyed back to 6 generations or having that type of bloodline). They caused the destruction of most of Europe, Russia and Germany. Hitler was certified as an insane personality by Allied Psychologists. So Mr. Trier must be an absolute idiot to associate with a bunch of thugs like the Nazis.

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