I recently watched a riveting documentary, The Goebbels Experiment. Using text taken completely from Joseph Goebbel’s diary and speeches, the film documents the Nazi Minister of Propaganda’s life, especially his work in the years leading up and during the Second World War. Goebbel’s voice is narrated by Kenneth Branagh, and his acting made for a completely believable retelling of what happened.
There are no graphic descriptions of the mass murders that took place during the holocaust. However, there is some disturbing film footage of Goebbels, his wife Magda, and their six little children after they were found dead at the end of the war. There is also a brief description near the beginning of the film of a passionate love affair Goebbels was involved in with a girlfriend. I wouldn’t recommend this for children, obviously. Parents would be well advised to preview it for older kids first.
It was eye-opening, and a bit creepy to be a viewer to so much material about the Nazi “spin doctor.” I found it educational in learning how Nazis like Goebbels thought, how they manipulated the public’s perception of information, and could see similarities in things going on in the modern world today. I highly recommend this film– the more we learn from history, the more alert we are to the things going on around us.