In 1967, at the Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, California, history teacher Ron Jones was teaching his students about Nazi Germany. One student asked, "How could the German citizens allow that? Could it happen here?" Jones pondered the question.......and then decided to conduct an experiment.
This film was made in 1981, (produced by Norman Lear) and was based on Ron Jones book of the same name. In public school we were shown this film at least a couple of times and I do believe they played it once or twice on After School Specials.....
Hey look! It's Theo from the Cosby Show!!! Anyway.....
The description of the movie was as follows....."A thought-provoking dramatization of an actual classroom experiment on individualism vs. conformity in which a high school teacher formed his own "Reich" (called "The Wave") to show why the German people could so willingly embrace Nazism. This unflinching yet sensitive 1981 Emmy Award-winner raises critical questions: When does dedication to a group cross the line from loyalty to fanaticism? Does power corrupt? What is the nature of propaganda and mass persuasion? Can something like the Nazi Holocaust happen again? Grades 7-12. Color. 46 minutes."
This movie came forth from my memory when I saw something on YouTube that.......well, it really seemed like I was watching something very familiar. That is when I remembered The Wave....
The video I saw was from a group called City Year
I will let you judge for yourself.............watch The Wave
. Here is the YouTube version, which is not very clear.
......better quality with Norwegian or some fucking Scandi language subtitles.
There was also a 2008 remake of this movie in Germany.......Die Welle
So to end......are the blogs better now Bigs?