Is the film an idea you’ve had for a long time?
Yeah. I’ve had it for years. But I never had the opportunity to do it, especially as a German. And I’m not loved in Germany either. But to be honest, what is Germany doing? If you make a Sophie Scholl movie or an Anne Frank movie, you get subsidies, you get into the Berlin Film Festival because everybody’s happy that you’re showing that there were Germans in the resistance. But that is bullshit! The reality is that everybody went with it. Only 40 percent voted for Hitler, but then 90 percent went with it and didn’t question why Jews were getting deported. And after the war they said they thought the Jews were in working camps or being sent to the front line. Everybody had an excuse. And if you make a movie now you only get support if you show Germany in a positive light. The real hate I’ll get will come from Germany, because I don’t show any Germans in the movie who have any doubt, who think they shouldn’t be doing this. You see how it was. I wanted to show a totally normal day in Auschwitz, which was completely unemotional, like a butcher basically, who has no bad feelings about cows or pigs getting killed. This makes it scary, but that’s the point of the movie, to show what humans can do.