The German government has given its blessing to a controversial German-language film that criticizes Hitler, calling the film “irresponsible” and “dangerous.”
The film, which was filmed by the Jewish group Der Judenrat, was recently released in Germany, and is being released in theaters, according to German news agency DPA.
It is the second German-made film to criticize Hitler and his party in recent weeks.
The movie, titled I Am a Nazi, is an allegory about the Nazi party’s Holocaust denial.
Der Judenschau, a right-wing German anti-Semitic group, was behind the attack on the Berlin Christmas market last year, when at least 12 people were killed.
The film was released in December, and critics, including the German daily Bild, have condemned the film, calling it “irresponsibly provocative.”
In a video on their website, Der Judeschau said it will try to convince German citizens that they should be allowed to view it.
Der Judenrats said it has not contacted the government about the film.
The National Council of Jewish Communities of Germany, which is part of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which represents Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats (CDUs), has issued a statement calling the movie “irrational, harmful and irresponsible.”
The CDU says the film is “a disgraceful attempt to present Hitler and the Nazis in a positive light.”
“This is a dangerous provocation that should not be allowed,” said Christian Democrats spokesman for the Bundestag, Jens Burger.
“The movie is completely inappropriate, in terms of its content and its message, and in a clear breach of German law.”
The National Center for the Study of Racism and Anti-Semitism (NDSR) in Germany called the film an “irreparable insult to the memory of the victims of Nazism and their families.”
“The film does not portray events in a way that will help people understand that they are responsible for the Holocaust,” the NDSR said in a statement.
The documentary also has drawn criticism in Germany.
The director of the film told the news agency that he had not contacted any political party to request the film be removed from theaters.
The government said on Friday it would consider the motion if the filmmakers asked to make a formal request.
Der Zeit, which describes itself as a German news and opinion site, reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office had received the film’s request and is considering the matter.
The NDSr said it had not received a formal invitation to participate.
“The government cannot allow a film that portrays Hitler and Nazi ideology to be distributed in Germany,” the statement said.
“We have no intention of cooperating with this film.
We will not be silent and will not allow the Nader to get away with such a thing.”
The Berlin Christmas Market attack sparked outrage across Germany.
The market was attacked after it was hit by two truck bombs on Dec. 25, and several people were wounded.