New 'Documentary' on German WWII Invasion of Crete
In the stirring new documentary film "The 11th Day," an old woman in black talks about the pretty colors falling from the sky on a day in May. Then, she was a young girl hiding in an olive grove, when the bombing of the Greek Island of Crete finally stopped. Villages and cities had been ruined. Survivors were trembling and afraid. Suddenly, the sky cleared. The silence was audible. She looked up. "I was only 15," says Kaliopi Kapetanakis, remembering sitting in the olive tree while talking to a friend. "Oh, I said, `Look. The whole sky is full of umbrellas.'" They weren't umbrellas. They were parachutes, carrying more than 8,000 of Adolf Hitler's elite paratroops, the Fallschirmjager, the Sky Hunters. They were the tip of the German spear.
From my own perspective I have known people who spoke to Greek veterans of this event in Second World War history, and most all the Greeks who encountered and/or worked with the Germans admired and respected their rigor, discipline and bravery. Many Greeks in Crete , who are not Communists, also know the cruelty visited upon the people by the English so-called "liberators" of Crete. For an overall assessment of the many myths and misnomers regarding the Greek view of Second World War-era Germans in uniform, Hellenian's comments on this very blog are well worth consulting.
The Institute of Historical Review's mailing list , that actually informed me of this article, passed along this very thoughtful note from world famous Holocaust Revisionist Professor Arthur R. Butz:
"I visited Crete in 1977 and spoke to Cretans (they hate that word!) who were aware of my "Hoax" book. I don't recall their telling me any stories of mass slaughter by the Germans. However I do recall one story that was evidently widely believed there, namely, that the Germans took the Jews away in a ship and then sank the ship. I haven't heard that story since then, and it's not in this column. It has stuck in my mind as an example of one of the propaganda concoctions that was dropped, together with the electrocution baths and others. Too many extermination methods spoil the broth!"
Basically, "The 11th Day" isn't so much about real Greek history, as it is history for Jews , or as my friend hilariously calls them, propeller-heads.
A 'documentary' for propeller-heads. Nothing new here.