World War II

A HERO NO MORE

My last column examined , the well-known 1951 film that helped popularize the image of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel as a gallant, principled soldier who stood up to Adolf Hitler and supported the attempt to remove the Nazi dictator from power in the summer of 1944. But , a German television film first broadcast in 2012, depicts a very different man. “I don’t see him as a hero,” said writer-director Niki Stein. “He is a tragic figure. He was

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