I don’t know, but if Spielberg is serious about this film (and why would he not be), he’s just portraying history. Yes, the Soviets liberated some concentration camps and were probably the major force in bringing down Berlin - along with Hitler, who just happened to be there at the time
No jokes, references, gists or puns there. No way. No symbolic in it being just one man on horseback. I don’t buy that for a minute.
The Russians didn’t liberate the Netherlands though. The credit there goes to the slick cooperation of Americans, Canadians and Brits along with the Dutch underground resistance.
Back in 1995, the 50th Anniversary of our liberation was held. I lived in the city of Maastricht at the time, the first city to be liberated in Holland. A huge parade of vintage army vehicles from said armies paraded through the streets, loaded with war veterans that liberated our cities in '45. At one point, I was watching the parade when it got to a halt because of some congestion further ahead. A Canadian Jeep stopped right in front of me. An emotional, heavily decorated old man was sitting in the passenger seat and smiled at me. I walked up to him, shook his hand and thanked him and his mates for liberating our country and giving our freedom back. The man was moved to tears, as was I. Although I was 22 at the time, both he and I realised that the impact of this war spans more than one generation.
I’ll be eternally grateful for those courageous men that beat our opressor. No, I don’t hate Germans. Not in the least. Today’s generation cannot be blamed for what their ancestors did. But we must never forget what happened here, all so relatively recently, in a seemingly civilised part of the world.
If any of you guys have WWII veterans in their families, send them my salute. In a way, they are responsible for me as a person: there’s no way of telling in what sort of country I would have grown up in if Hitler wasn’t stopped by them.
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