Vanity Fair’s Jim Windolf wants you to know that Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a work of fiction, and that Adolph Hitler was, in fact, not killed by a roving band of American Jews in some German movie theatre. He even interviews Theodore S. Hamerow, the author of Why We Watched: Europe, America, and the Holocaust (incidentally a book that is now on my reading list) to drive the point home.
Of course, Windolf disregards the fact that Hitler’s body was never found
, because as we all know, they saved Hitler’s brain
and put it in a black man
in order to destroy Medicare for WW2 veterans some 60 years later, as a sort of final “fuck you” from Das Drittes Reich. Jokes aside, I find it unbearably distressing that Windolf deems it necessary to explain that Inglourious Basterds is make-believe rather than actual fact. Then again, I find it even more distressing that he may be right.