Oscar Nominated Amour is based on a Nazi Film?

Not that anybody really cares anymore because with a half century of government school moral relativism and the persistence of demonically-inspired anti-Semitism, most folks today probably think that Hitler was just one more guy doing what was right for him and who are we to judge?

But, for the record, the Nazis were mind-explodingly evil and  this kind of impulse to mimic them in anything should freak us out.

Ich klage an (Eng: I Accuse) is a 1941 film, directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner, which depicts a woman with multiple sclerosis who asks her husband, a doctor, to relieve her of her suffering permanently. He agrees to give her a lethal injection of morphine while his friend (who is also a doctor) plays tranquil music on the piano.

The husband is put on trial, where arguments are put forth that prolonging life is sometimes contrary to nature, and that death is a right as well as a duty. It culminates in the husband’s declaration that he is accusing them of cruelty for trying to prevent such death.

Ich klage an was actually commissioned by Goebbels at the suggestion of Karl Brandt to make the public more supportive of the Reich’s T4 euthanasia program, and presented simultaneously with the practice of euthanasia in Nazi Germany.

As the Bible notes about the evils that men do, “There is nothing new under the sun.” So now, the latest “old” thing  is to kill the sick and suffering… and soon, the embarrassing.   So, the cultural Left is hugely on the bandwagon creating propaganda to convince us that killing the expensive people in our midst is an act of love and kindness and, uh, prudence.  It’s the kind of thing where you want the insurance companies to have to pay the money they will save from euthanasia into a fund for orphans or something, you know,’ just for confidence sake.’

People are asking me if I think it is “just a coincidence” that the plot of  “Amour” is a near perfect twin to Goebbels’ film. My thinking is that true creativity is impossible to the demons.  They recycle what works for them.  But somebody needs to get the director to own up.  It would be implausible to suggest that “Amour” just happened to get all the main beats of the Nazi film.  But for the record here are some of the similarities between the two films:

-   Both films are about a husband and wife who have a seemingly perfect love and marriage.

-   In the Nazi film, the wife’s name is Hanna.  In Amour, the wife’s name is Anne.

-   In the Nazi film, the wife is a piano player.  In Amour, the wife is a music teacher.

-  In both films, the wife suffers a devastating illness and begs for death to a demurring husband.

-  In both films, the husband eventually gives in and kills his wife.

-  In both films, the first judgment of the society is that the act is murder.  In both films, the audience is led around            to the conclusion that NOT to have killed the wife would have been a greater crime.

  • http://www.badcatholics.com John Zmirak

    Excellent observation! Thanks for this. By way of contrast, an excellent and neglected film is “Good” with Viggo Mortenson as a liberal humanist writer co-opted by the Nazis to support their euthanasia program. It’s worth recommending widely.

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  • Cliff Barney

    i thought it was quite clear in “amour” that anne’s death was murder. her struggles as she was being smothered confirm this view. i also thought it clear that georges, the husband, did not murder her out of pity but out of his own suffering; his act seemed torn out of him.

    a great film.

    • barbaranicolosi

      The director and lead actor of Amour do not agree with you.

  • TheInformer

    Interesting. Of course, if you don’t actually work in a hospital you can assume that all life needs to be prolonged. At what point is there no purpose or reason to do ONE MORE SURGERY on a very elderly person who hasn’t had a conscious act in years! Too many families are guilt-ridden or totally ignorant about the limits of modern medicine and the realities of the end of life. They want to do everything possible to keep someone alive. For this fantastical mentality, I blame gutless doctors who won’t tell them the facts and blame TV hospital shows which depict routine miraculous recoveries. Finally, if family had to take out a second or third mortgage on the house to give old aunt Tilly a week of super expensive IV antibiotics and 7 days in the hospital, they might think twice about doing so. But hey! With welfare (medicare) paying for it all, what’s the worst that can happen? We ain’t paying for it (they think).

    • barbaranicolosi

      Thanks – There is a huge ocean of difference between not prolonging life, and taking steps to end it.

    • Bill M.

      I recommend you read Atul Gawande’s article in the August 2, 2010 New Yorker. He does actually work in a hospital, and nowhere in his excellent article do I recall a suggestion of euthanizing the dying or hurrying along the process by other means.

    • http://www.cleansingfiredor.com Nerina

      Yes, Informer, but as a nurse I’ve seen the reverse of the situation you descirbe – where sick patients feel obliged to die so as not to burden their families. I agree, though, that doctors are often hesitant to provide ALL the information for a truly informed consent.

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  • http://www.parafool.com victor

    Even worse: this means that, in his joke at the Oscar Nomination ceremony, Seth MacFarlane was right.

  • http://martinkelly.blogspot.com/ Martin


    It never ceases to amaze me that the protagonists of such dramas are always either a) learned carers and/or b) accomplished artists. You could almost believe that some folks think that doctors and musicians are somehow more fulfilled through their involvement with medicine and music than a bricklayer’s is by his involvement with bricks. Don’t they think that, say, carpenters have anything to tell us?

  • jmt

    the only thing they left on the cutting room floor was the powerful scene where, when asked if they were real people or just actors, they replied: neither, but we did stay at a motel 6 last nite…boy, do I miss the music playing in the background of the scenes of my life!