I just got back from seeing a really brilliant new film, Der Untergang (Downfall; German with English subtitles). It was an outstanding portrayal of the last days of the Third Reich; in addition to Bruno Ganz’s excellent portrayal of Hitler, a noteworthy element of the film was the portrayal of the idealistic pursuit of evil, especially in the form of the behavior of Joseph and Magda Goebbels. As Goebbels is reported to have remarked elsewhere (and I cannot at the moment verify the remark; so unless you can find a really reliable source, please don’t repeat this….but it does certainly ring true from Goebbels’s other statements), “If the day should ever come when we [the Nazis] must go, if some day we are compelled to leave the scene of history, we will slam the door so hard that the universe will shake and mankind will stand back in stupefaction.” What evil. And how very well portrayed in this film. Watch it….but don’t plan on doing anything light or fun afterward.