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“Melancholia” director Lars von Trier just had his pr firm send out this statement regarding his Hitler and Nazi comments from last May’s Cannes Film Festival. Apparently he was questioned by police in Denmark–that’s where North Zealand is. So even at home he’s in trouble from staying stupid and reckless things at that press conference.

“Today at 2 pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes. The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews.
Lars von Trier
Avedøre, 5. October 2011”

He told GQ magazine in their October issue: “To say I’m sorry for what I said is to say I’m sorry for what kind of a person I am, I’m sorry for my morals, and that would destroy me as a person. It’s not true. I’m not sorry. I am not sorry for what I said. I’m sorry that it didn’t come out more clearly. I’m not sorry that I made a joke, but I’m sorry that I didn’t make it clear that it was a joke. But I can’t be sorry for what I said — it’s against my nature.”

And what did he say exactly? He said he “was very happy being a Jew” but “then I found out that I was really a Nazi, you know, because my family was German.” As for Hitler, he said: “He’s not what you would call a good guy. But I understand much about him, I sympathize with him a little bit.”

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3 replies to this post
  1. Sounds like the awkward dumb things that people who don’t speak English say, however, his logic escapes me, not ALL Germans were Nazis, many of them were Jews, worked for the resistance, harbored endangered people in their homes, did not join the Nazi party. Any good actor who portrays Hitler has to try to understand him but to sympathize with him?
    He is right about one thing, he should keep his mouth shut and stay in Denmark. MMH

  2. What he meant to say is -i think- that even though of course Hitler had made a genocide and he deserved everythinh he got, you can’t help to sympathise that he hated German Jews because in the years after world war I all Germans were forced to live poorly (as the losers of the war) while German jews were allowed to prosper. Once again, no one justifies the genocides.

  3. When I first read this,
    “He’s not what you would call a good guy. But I understand much about him, I sympathize with him a little bit.”

    I have to admit my first thought wasn’t “My god! Why doesn’t somebody call the police?”

    I guess I’ve been spoiled by the First Amendment.

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