Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. Psalm 24
"True law is right reason in agreement with nature . . . Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature [and] will suffer the worst penalties . . ." - Cicero
Well Oliver Stone is right in a way.
He was an easy scapegoat for the allies after the war. For one he and Nazi Germany was blamed for a massacre of Polish officers in Poland and decades later we find out it was the Russians who did it. I would wager there are many such cases we are not aware of to this day.
And lets not forget, that Hitlers ideas and views on many subjects was promoted and practised in Allied countries long before Hilter ever came to power in Germany. What Hitler in principle did was take it to another level but the basics was practised in many countries, everything from eugenics to "jewish quotas" over to barring certain minorities (Jews included) from public office or even certain private jobs.
So yes Oliver Stone is some what correct and I look forward to see what he will make of this movie.
Take Italy. Even to this day the accepted idea is that it was the Nazi's that put in force many of the anti-Jewish and other minorities rules in Italy. It was the Nazi's not the Italians who sent the Italian Jews to the gas chamber. Well the truth is quite different. Italians were involved and the policies (not the gas chamber part) were in place before for several minorities before Italy joined the Axis. Italy back then was highly racist.
Scapegoating of enemies or supposed enemies is quite common in history. As the saying goes, the victor writes the history books.
Take the American Indians. They have always been seen as savages and brutal and not people defending their lands against invaders. Why? because the history books, movies and so on, are written and done by the victors. Another example is the Jews. For centuries they were scape goated by the Church and governments of Europe because they were easy targets. There are plenty of examples of rulers loaning a ton of money from Jews, then only to turn on them so he did not have to pay them back. The Romans used scapegoating through out there history.. that land was full of barbarians, they must be suppressed and so on.
So scapegoating is very common even today.
Scapegoats refers to the innocent. Hitler was a villain who got what he deserved. Or was he just a patsy, like Lee Harvey Oswald?