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Laughing About Hitler?: Evaluation of the MovieMy Fuehrer – The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler

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Journal
Journal of Media Psychology Theories Methods and Applications
1864-1105
Publisher
Hogrefe Publishing Group
Publication Date
Volume
20
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1027/1864-1105.20.2.43
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  • Articles
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  • Political Science

Abstract

Effects of the movie My Fuehrer – The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler by Dani Levy were tested with regard to: (a) attitudes toward Hitler, (b) the perceived role of the German population in Nazi Germany, (c) the perception of present danger from national socialist tendencies, and (d) the subjective need for continued preoccupation with German history. A total of 110 Germans were invited to a cinema and randomly assigned to the control group that filled in the relevant questionnaire before the movie, or to the film group that filled in the questionnaire after the movie. The film group reported fewer negative attitudes toward Hitler than the control group and saw the German population less as victims. Attitudes toward right-wing political parties and empathy, as well as demographic variables, exerted significant moderator effects. Results are discussed with regard to the public controversy concerning a potential trivialization of Hitler and National Socialism by the movie.

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