Oliver Stone’s apology for comments on Hitler, Jews
New York: Filmmaker Oliver Stone has apologized for comments in which he claimed that Jews dominate the media and suggested that Adolf Hitler’s actions during WWII should be put “into context.”
In an interview with the a news daily, Stone compared Hitler to Frankenstein’s monster, reports a news magazine.
“There was also a Dr Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support…. Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people,” a news daily quoted Stone as saying in the interview.
Stone also made reference to “Jewish domination of the media,” and claimed that Israel has negatively affected US foreign policy.
In a statement issued by his publicist, Stone said, “In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry and I regret.”
“Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry. The fact that the Holocaust is still a very important, vivid and current matter today is, in fact, a great credit to the very hard work of a broad coalition of people committed to the remembrance of this atrocity -- and it was an atrocity,” the statement continued.
The American Jewish Committee released a statement Monday that lambasted Stone for “invoking this grotesque, toxic stereotype” and compared his remarks to “one of the drunken, Jew-hating rants of his fellow Hollywood celebrity, Mel Gibson.”
Stone’s most recent film “South of the Border,” offers a mostly favorable view of anti-US Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.