SBS must be applauded for broadcasting the German documentary series Hitler’s Children. Unsentimental in its portrayal of The Third Reich, it is the honesty with which former Nazi youth confront their shameful past that makes these films important documents for us all. In its glorification of German nationalism and Ayran supremacy, there is a lesson for everybody- that unquestioning and unfeeling adherence to authority is not always in the human interest. Moreover, if we, as a society lose our capacity for compassion for those who aren’t as strong or tough or resilient as we think they should be, we are in great danger of developing a fascist mentality that undermines our own democracy.