Saturday, August 22, 2009

A World War II History Moment

God bless Quentin Tarantino, he makes fantastic movies.

Few directors would dare rewrite the history of World War II, as Tarantino endeavours to this weekend with Inglourious Basterds, a film about a group of Jewish American soldiers who kill and scalp Nazis in a bid to assassinate Adolph Hitler.

Of all the countries occupied by Nazi Germany in World War II, Poland was most harmed. Of the 6,000,000 killed during the Holocaust, fully 3,000,000 of them were Polish Jews.

Just as the characters of Inglourious Basterds take matters rather personally and into their own hands, so did the Free Polish forces who escaped the annexation of Poland by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Like their French counterparts, the Free French Army under General Charles de Gaulle, they fought honourably for the freedom of their country, even while their country was under a horrific occupation.

This is their story, and the story of their greatest triumph.

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