Way back on August 20, 2010, I blogged about a new movie The Debt which was supposed to be in theaters in December 2010. Now at long last, the movie will be coming to American theaters on August 31, 2011. There is a new trailer out, which you can see here.
The plot of the movie involves three young Israeli Mossad agents who went on a secret mission in 1965 to capture and kill a notorious Nazi war criminal, who was known as the “surgeon of Birkenau.” Thirty years later, a man claiming to be the surgeon of Birkenau surfaced in Ukraine. The former Mossad agents must now try to find out the truth. The movie scenes will go back and forth between 1965 and 1995; the movie is advertised as a “spy thriller.”
It will be interesting to find out why this Nazi war criminal had to be killed on a secret mission, instead of being captured and put on trial in Israel. If this movie plot is actually based on the story of Dr. Josef Mengele, the reason for secretly killing him would have been to prevent him from telling the true story of his experiments at Auschwitz. The results of his experiments have never been released.
In real life, Dr. Mengele went to South America and lived openly after the war; his wife decided to stay in Germany. The Mossad did not go looking for him until after he was dead.
Was Dr. Mengele really the monster that the Jews have portrayed him to have been? I don’t think so. Dr. Mengele has been described by Auschwitz survivors as “charming” and we know from his photos that he was very good looking, besides which, he was a very sensitive man whom the children in the camp loved. I suspect that he was gay — not that there is anything wrong with that.