My love of the History channel recently hit new heights with my discovery of Hunting Hitler.
Basically, the FBI got a bit concerned that there was no body after Hitler’s supposed death at the end of World War 2. After the declassification of documents, a team of investigators has taken up the challenge to find out the Führer’s true fate.
I joined the quest at Season 3, and the investigation in to a possible escape route. Abel Basti, historian and author of Hitler in Exile, thinks that there was an escape tunnel that allowed A-dolf (as out main investigators insist on calling him) to leave Berlin and ultimately end up in South America via Tenerife.
Without giving too much away, over the course of season 3’s 8 episodes, the team discover so much evidence that could support certain theories – documents, buildings, sunken U boats and an absolute kicker in the season finale.
History is home to the best program on TV at the moment in The Curse Of Oak Island, a treasure hunt on an island off Canada. It’s a terrible program. All 5 seasons have followed the Lagina brothers and their search for treasure. Each episode is an hour long with three ad breaks. After each break, there’s a recap of what’s happened in the previous sections. Very little actually happens and, that which does, usually ends in disappointment. But it’s absolutely compelling viewing!
However, it’s always struck me that the significance of what is found on the island should surely be more newsworthy than “only” a show in History. That’s the point of this forced metaphor. On Hunting Hitler, we’re not talking about Templar treasure, we’re talking about one of the most tyrannical people the world has ever seen being alive much longer than we thought with the capacity for mass destruction. It would surely have massive significance.
Which begs the question – is it all real? I think that Hunting Hitler is a metaphor for trying to understand what’s real in a good show that you would like to be true. We’ve all been in the situation, where you see what you want to see and you’ll believe anything. It’s not so easy to question it because, sometimes, it just doesn’t make it as fun.