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V For Vendetta V.S. Hitler's Germany

This project compares the film "V for Vendetta" and contrasts similar concepts found in Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler
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Aaryn Lynham

on 26 October 2013

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Transcript of V For Vendetta V.S. Hitler's Germany

V for Vendetta Elements
Hitler's Germany Elements
USE OF FEAR/ RISE TO POWER
Propaganda
Camps
Secret Police
Leader Qualities
The police force "black bag" people who oppose the government. Evie's parents were protesters, Gordon was mocking the Chancellor, other people who wore the Guy Fox masks. They also tap into phone lines, have surveillance vans and cameras posted all over the city. The police force was under the control of one of the Council members, who represented that sector of control of the nation. Further along the story line, when the government became threatened, the police force was nabbing tons of people for minor offenses; comments that perhaps a surveillance van picked up when they were in their private residences.
The Gestapo were the private police force to Hitler who arrested, moved, and held office over millions of people at Concentration Camps, enforced laws (and indoctrinated by use of fear) German citizens. The original leader to this group was Hermann Goring who was also an influential NAZI party member. When it became apparent that the Germans were going to lose WWII, Hitler ordered that the Gestapo arrest as many "inhuman" beings as they could before the Concentration Camps were shut down.
In the year of Sutler's election, his party devised a scheme to ensure being voted in. They started the St. Mary's Epidemic (supposedly inflicted by religious extremists) whose death's initiated the fear which they played upon to come into governmental power. When trying to maintain control Sutler declares "we must remind them why they need us". Following this, for months on end there are reports on how heroic the government services are in making the world a safer place for all civilians. Norsefire's power pivoted on the use of fear, as when coming to power they offered assured and simple solutions to a bleak looking situation.
In this society propaganda is used with a flair of genius. TV shows are restricted to only British Television Network (run by the government), and every show is formatted with a specific underlying message. False stories are created as counterattacks to an undesirable event (murder of party members, "demolition" of the Old Bailey). V accesses the street-level speaker system to play his 1812 Overture when blowing up the Old Bailey, when usually it would be used to broadcast curfew times and alarms. The selective release of footage, information, and profiles is also a part of this nation's technique.
Party Beliefs/ Government Structure
V & Sutler:
Charismatic Speakers
Know how to appeal to people's emotions
Canny, decisive and resourceful in their plots
Quotes:
As the opening monologue states, "20 years ago we deported immigrants, hoodlums, homosexuals, terrorists, disease-ridden degenerates", therefore indicating the belief of a superior race among the government.
"God is on our side, England Prevails!" is the often-said motto by the television talk show host.
Even the country's motto is: "Strength Through Unity, Unity Through Faith." They are "God-fearing Englishmen",
The government structure is comparable in the way that after the party was elected, democracy was dissolved and one ultimate leader rose above all. There is also a council/ board with members, who all report to the almighty commander, who all have specific responsibilities within government sectors.

As for the "High Chancellor", a comparison to Hitler would be with the pictures of them both in all buildings to somehow give the idea that they are "always watching" although no one ever saw Sutler in person or live on TV.
The government justifies their actions by "we did what we had to do to survive", perhaps in defense towards the recent food shortages and following that, rations opposed upon the country.
"No one escapes their past, no one escapes judgment"

Sutler in reference to citizens acting out (Evie included)
Harshly enforced conditions are justified by Sutler (the people's "faith is being tested"),

"Doubt will plunge this country back into chaos."
When "different became dangerous" (Valerie), the Camps came into effect. Led by Norsefire and claiming to be "searching for a cure" but rather finding new biological weapons, this camp took in very specific subjects. Homosexuals, activists, immigrants, "terrorists, hoodlums, disease-ridden degenerates" were all in the mix. Their heads were shaved, they were dehumanized by the government and the guards, they were captured in the middle of the night; taken from their homes like rabbits in a den. Then after they had expended their use, they were thrown into mass graves.
"People should not fear their government, the government should fear the people"

- V
"One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter"
Mr. Peters :D
BY: Aaryn Lynham
After WWI Germany had a hard time, as they were under the requirements of the Treaty of Versailles. There were also many types of crisis occurring:

Political Crises: government was weak and was being blamed for awful conditions.

Economic Crises: crippling reparation payments, hyper inflation of currency was in effect, people were starving after a bad year of crops (drought).

Social Crises: Germany’s reputation was damaged, the nation was humiliated, the very existence of the nation was at stake (both politically and military-wise: Treaty of Versailles required the downsizing of the army, many people out of a job.)
These factors are what allowed Hitler to gain power with the NAZI party. They offered simple solutions to many in-depth problems that the country was facing at that time.
Through Hitler's indoctrination of the people to become anti-Semitic fear was induced of those people, as well as for the well-being of the country. This fear caused the people to look to the government even more, allowing Hitler to manipulate the actions of many out of concern for their way of life, beliefs, and values.
V For Vendetta
V.S.
Hitler's Germany

Hitler:
Used highly manipulative & insightful propaganda
Charismatic Speaker
Had a way of twisting words that made things sound ingenious; a "good idea"
As soon as by one's own propaganda even a glimpse of right on the other side is admitted, the cause for doubting one's own right is laid.

Adolf Hitler
Hitler's Minister for Public Enlightenment, Joseph Goebbels, was the genius behind his decisive use of propaganda. One of Goebbel's first acts was the burning of books. He exerted totalitarian control over the media, arts and information in Germany. He organized a boycott of Jewish business men, doctors and lawyers soon after.

The mission was to centralize Nazi control of all aspects of German cultural and intellectual life, particularly the press, radio and the visual and performing arts.
By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.

Adolf Hitler
If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.

Joseph Goebbels
Many of the prisoners died in the concentration camps through deliberate maltreatment, disease, starvation, and overwork, or were executed as unfit for labor. Prisoners were transported in inhumane conditions by rail freight cars, in which many died before reaching their destination. The prisoners were confined to the boxcars for days or even weeks, with little or no food or water. Many died of dehydration in the intense heat of summer or froze to death in winter.
Their heads were shaved, valuables taken, women were raped, and after they were deemed unfit for work they were gassed. Their bodies were either incinerated (where the gold fillings would be picked out of their ashes) or put into mass graves.
Romas, homosexuals, jews, polish, vagrants, blacks and communists.
Anybody who didn't go along with the Nazi ideology or anybody who fell into the category of 'untermensch' resistance fighters, Russians, other Slavs, political opponents of Hitler.
It is not truth that matters, but victory. ~Adolf Hitler
When Hitler was elected as the leader of NAZI Germany, he immediately dissolved the democratic system and named himself High Chancellor. Thus, with his team of administrators, he began his crusade. He destroyed the liberal, socialist, and communist opposition and persecuted and murdered Jews and others deemed undesirable.
Humanitarianism is the expression of stupidity and cowardice.

Adolf Hitler
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth. Adolf Hitler
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