Friday, 13 December 2013

Conspiracy

This BBC and HBO dramatized television film delves into the psychology of the top Nazi officials of the 1942 Wannsee Conference. The purpose of the conference was to ensure cooperation of administrative leaders of various government departments in the implementation of the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question" during World War II. Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich (Kenneth Branagh) and Adolf Eichmann (Stanley Tucci), this group of high ranking military officers and prominent state officials would come to the decision of exterminating the Jews of Europe. Directed Frank Pierson, Conspiracy shows the fascinating and horrifying phase where the Final Solution formed from a harmless word and became the camouflage for the killings of the Holocaust.
As the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1942 had come to a standstill the Wehrmacht turned to Moscow. The Red Amy fiercely resisted and the severe winter weather brought the unstoppable German Wehrmacht's advance to a halt. Now that the US has entered the war it seemed that Adolf Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich was very much in doubt. For the first time in the Reich, defeat was a possibility. However in the midst of defeat, The Nazi’s agenda to immigrate the Jews had turned to exterminating them. In the beautiful and a luxurious mansion in Wansee just outside of Berlin, facing the Greater Wannsee Lake, fifteen ranking members from all areas of the Nazi government are brought together under one extravagant roof. One of the most shockingly horrifying factors is the precise professionalism of the manner these desk murderers would act. While the soldiers, economists, administrators and lawyers would discuss genocide smoking affluent cigars, the servants of the villa would cook their fine meals and pour their brandy. In a place of such beauty and hierarchy, it is a shame that the most horrific and shameful episode of human history would be made.
The constant feeling of disbelief seems to keep unfolding more incredulity as the conference looks so much like a boardroom meeting.  While men in suits and uniforms talk about genocide, wine and caviar is served to these officials. As the question moves from immigration to extermination, the guilty look of Heydrich and the remorselessness of Eichmann fill the room with the haunting talk of gas chambers is brought up. They both mathematically sum up how to kill an entire race as if they were calculating gross profit margins. There are many facets of evil in Conspiracy, Wilhelm Stuckart (Colin Firth) is only respectable characters in the conference. Even though he created the anti-Semitic Nuremberg Laws, he opposed the idea of mass murder and showed courage, but it all fell on deaf ears.
Conspiracy is certainly another provoking television drama film that gives a fascinating and enhanced insight into the minds of the most evil men on earth. Just like Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall (2004) that shows the final days of Adolf Hitler in his bunker, the absorbing narrative shows how the most powerful men are blinded by their ideology. The ending is one of the most disturbing conclusions that showed these men all walking free. The final act of Heydrich is him admiring the mansion which he desired to own after the war.  Conspiracy shows that even though these men were killed during the war or trailed at the Nuremberg trials, to bitter end, these men thought it was their national duty not just for the Reich but for the world to commit these crimes. That even facing trial and execution they had no remorse or guilt for their crimes against humanity


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