In silence of the lambs director Jonathan Demme tells the story of a group of SS officers brutally stripped from their families, tortured and gassed at the hands of a vicious corps of Jewish cleansing agents... Or so the movie would have gone if Quentin Tarantino had gotten his shot at writing history. "EARLY IN THE spring of 1944, when I was quite a bit younger than I am now, I parachuted into Nazi-occupied Poland as the leader of a team of Brooklyn-born commandos. We landed in a field not far from the train tracks that fed Jews to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. My team laid explosive charges on the tracks, destroying them utterly, and then I moved quickly on foot to the death camp itself, where I found Josef Mengele, the Angel of Death, in bed. I shot him in the face, though not before lecturing him on his sins. Before I killed him, he cried like a little Nazi bitch." Jeffery Goldberg, writing for The Atlantic describes a childhood dream of avenging his fallen kin, which summarizes the purpose he perceives in Inglourious Basterds. Mr. Goldberg goes on to describe his conversation with Tarantino “The Jews are always the victims!” Jeffery describes the mutual frustration Tarantino and he share in the classic role of Jews in cinema.
Goldberg agrees with the atrocities committed against Nazis in the movie as necessary, for the most part. During his day with Tarantino Jeffery began to question whether or not a Jew would commit some of the acts portrayed in his movie. While filled with a sense of fulfillment from bashed in Nazi skulls it seems as though Jeffery was at the same time wondering if put in this situation even the most righteously furious Jew would carve, into the head of an enemy combatant, the symbol most closely associate with Nazi Germany these days. “I would still shoot Mengele in the face. That would be a moral necessity. But I wouldn’t carve a swastika into his forehead. That just doesn’t sound like the Jewish thing to do.” With all due respect Mr. Goldberg, you have made a fine argument, you have presented your moral standpoint, but this is a Quentin Tarantino movie…. What did you expect?