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1999
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Babylon Berlin
I have no idea what’s going on on this show but it’s awesome.


Celery
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re: Babylon Berlin
I’m like 5 eps in and still not sure whats going on. At least it’s nice to look at.
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jackmanusc
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re: Babylon Berlin
I’m 4 in and it’s awesome. Interesting to see how crazy that city was in regards to culture and politics back then


Bert Macklin FBI
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re: Babylon Berlin
I’m 9 episodes in and if I tried to explain what I believe is happening to someone who doesn’t watch the show, I’d sound like I was on acid.

It’s a great show though.

Does anyone know enough about the era between the world wars to know what is storyline and what is based on real history?

Like were Russians really planning Stalin’s overthrow from Berlin?


1999
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re: Babylon Berlin
lol i am on episode 9 also and i still don't understand. but i can't stop watching.


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TechBullDawg
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re: Babylon Berlin
I watched season 1, ep 1-3 last night and love it. I think I'm starting to get where it is headed but if not, am def enjoying the ride


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Bert Macklin FBI
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re: Babylon Berlin
quote:

Interesting to see how crazy that city was in regards to culture and politics back then


It was also interesting to see that political extremists (the working class in the shows case) still use the same tactics. They provoke violence and then act like the unsuspecting victims in the aftermath.

Not saying their stance or arguments weren’t valid, just that they set up a protest knowing it was illegal and what the outcome was most likely going to be and then acted shocked when it played out exactly as anyone with a brain could have predicted.


Bonkers119
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re: Babylon Berlin
I just watched the whole season. It was great. I studied German at LSU, so it was cool being able to follow along without having to rely on the subtitles a ton.

I'm still not sure what happened, but after WWI the Germany's economy was ruined. The Treaty of Versailles pretty much demoralized the entire German People. Due to Hyper Inflation of the Deutchesmark umemployement was at an all time high. The Germans thought that Communism that was working in Russia was the only way to make their economy stronger. Thats kind of how the rise of the Nazi's started. Hitler preyed on the people.

It'll be interesting to see how they address the rise of the Nazi Party in the second season, and who they choose to cast Hitler.
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Cooter Davenport
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re: Babylon Berlin
Hitler also preyed on the false perception that Germany had been winning the war but was stabbed in the back by a political revolution at home.

The spread of that myth was GREATLY assisted by the fact that the front was IN French territory the whole war and Germany was totally unscathed. Along with that, there was heavy censorship and propaganda until the day the war ended saying that Germany was winning and the populace largely believed it.

In truth, they were out of fighting men on the front and out of food at home and the guys they had left on the front were on the verge of outright total mutiny. Germany had lost and was going to rapidly collapse, but Hitler successfully played up the Stab in the Back as his greatest card. He hit that note again and again and again and tied the “capitulation” to Jewish politicians.

Americans aren’t taught this aspect but it’s crucial. It wasn’t just Versailles, or economics, or anti-semitism, it was Hitler’s ability to combine them all into one strong, simple, sellable Grand Meme that he hammered constantly: the Stab in the Back.
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