I was mulling over the poem on Balan’s blog, ”The Funerals”. Leaving aside the stark facts the poem dwelled upon, what came into my mind was the opening scene in Terantino’s film, “Inglorious Basterds”. Those of you who have seen that movie would, I’m certain recall the cold scenes with which the film opened.
The stony soliloquies of the SS officer Colonel. Landa laced with feral innuendos, metaphors and sautéed with sadistic overtones still haunts. The lives of a rodent- a rat and his evolutionary cousin the squirrel! It is dramatically incomparable like the lives of twins or siblings from the same womb that diverges far apart in the real world. I downloaded the words of COL Landa from the script of the film.
The allegory can be noticed in many walks in this world. The strangeness of repulsion and fondness that are inexplicable -be it rats and squirrels, dogs and cats or human beings from the same stock or diverse. The injustice of perception! Food for thought nevertheless!
Monsieur La’Padite, are you aware of the nickname the people of France have given
I have no interest in such things.
But you are aware of what they call me?
What are you aware of?
That they call you, "The Jew Hunter".
Precisely! Now I understand your trepidation in repeating it. Before he was assassinated, Heydric apparently hated the moniker the good people of Prague bestowed on him. Actually why he would hate the name, "The Hangman", is baffling to me. It would appear he did everything in his power to earn it. But I, on the other hand, love my unofficial title, precisely because I've earned it. As "The Jew Hunter”.
The feature that makes me such an effective hunter of the Jews, is, as opposed to most
German soldiers, I can think like a Jew. Where they can only think like a German, or more precisely, a German soldier. Now if one were to determine what attribute the German people share with a beast, would be the cunning and predatory instinct of a hawk.
Negro's - gorilla's - brain - lips smell - physical strength - penis size.
But, if one were to determine what attributes the Jews share with a beast, it would be
that of the rat. Now the Fuhrer and Gobbles propaganda have said pretty much the same thing.
Where our conclusions differ is, I don't consider the comparison an insult. Consider for a moment, the
world a rat lives in. It's a hostile world indeed. If a rat were to scamper through your front door
right now, would you greet it with hostility?
I suppose I would.
Has a rat ever done anything to you to create this animosity you feel toward them?
Rat's spread disease, they bite people -
- Unless some fool is stupid enough to try and handle a live one, rats don't make it a practice of
biting human beings. Rats were the cause of the bubonic plague, but that was some time ago. In all your born days, has a rat ever caused you to be sick a day in your life? I purpose to you, any disease a rat could spread, a squirrel could equally carry. Yet I assume you don't share the same animosity with squirrels that you do with rats, do you?
Yet, they are both rodents, are they not? And except for the fact that one has a big bushy tail, while the other has a long repugnant tail of rodent skin, they even rather look alike, don't they?
It is an interesting thought, Colonel.
However, interesting as the thought may be, it makes not one bit of difference to how you feel. If a rat were to scamper through your door, this very minute, would you offer it a saucer of your delicious milk?
I didn't think so. You don't like them. You don't really know why you don't like them. All you know
is, you find them “repulsive”.What a tremendously hostile world a rat must endure. Yet, not only does
he survive, he thrives. And the reason for this, is because our little foe has a instinct for survival and
preservation second to none. And that Monsieur, is what a Jew shares with a rat. Consequently, a
German soldier conducts a search of a house suspected of hiding Jews. Where does the hawk look?
He looks in the barn, he looks in the attic, he looks in the cellar - he looks everywhere, he would
hide. But there are many places it would never occur to a hawk to hide. However the reason the
Fuhrer brought me off my Alps in Austria, and placed me in French cow country today,is because it
it does occur to me. Because I'm aware what tremendous feats human beings are capable of once
they abandon dignity…….!