As a military veteran, with an interest in the history of war, and the political elements that make it possible, I have read, and viewed, a number of stories written, and produced, surrounding the second world war, which can largely be seen as an extension of the first world war. To be sure, combat veterans, like Adolph Hitler, and the core group that formed the NAZI movement, endured a horrible experience in the trenches, that might explain some of the brutality, and violence, of their Third Reich. But to me, there is no excuse for war, which serve the interests of war profiteers, and political opportunists. So, I am not interested in excusing their actions, or vilifying them, with the advantage of hindsight. Everyone involved, at the time, suffered horribly, and unfairly.
This film tells an important story, with dignity, and reason, rather that inflammatory rhetoric, designed to perpetuate animosity, or cement stereotypes, to benefit current opportunists, and profit seekers. It is reminiscent of the quality, and insight, provided to a previous generation by Director, Stanley Kramer, in JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, and SHIP OF FOOLS, on a human level
However one may feel about the role of the Jewish people, in history, or economic life, the fact that the highly valued works of art central to WOMAN IN GOLD would not even have existed, had the artist not been engaged by the subject family, at their own initiative, and expense, is the gravamen of the case. The outcome is a powerful example of the persistent, and judicious application of logic, in a legal forum, that is emblematic of constitutional government, and non-violent conflict resolution. To me, that is a story worth telling. (USMC 1968-75)