Some people only want entertainment, and a very few want information, but to the human race’s credit, most want the two blended. Sixty years ago, middlebrow authors could make good careers off this: James Mitchner, Alex Hailey, Aurthur Haley, and Leon Uris. They’d spend over a year on research, but then so would academic historians. And no academic historian could possibly sell a book that said the state of Israel was so entierly the result of the Holocaust.
An odd movie from Otto Preminger, who made good movies about things that the nice people didn’t want to know about. Later cannonized as Trangressive Fiction, that “rubbing their noses in it” has its source in the authors/filmaker’s sadism. And sadism itself is rooted in hubris.
A well-documented sadist and hubrist, Preminger let that get the better of him. Both with a above mentioned mistreatreament of the historical record, and by adding a detail for its shock value that doesn’t fit: gay Nazi rape. Yes, they has Jewish women sex slaves to reward the cappos, and the non-German killing auxillaries committed wholesale rape both straight and gay. But SS members bending Jewish boys over the table and not ending up behind the wire themselves? Cite?