Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Screenwriter(s): Quentin Tarantino
According to the Jew Hunter, Jews Share the Attributes of a Rat
In 1941, SS Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz), with the unofficial title “The Jew Hunter,” spoke to pipe-smoking French dairy farmer Perrier LaPadite (Denis Menochet) about his goal of searching for Jews, suspecting that the farmer was sheltering enemies of the state by hiding the Jewish Dreyfus family somewhere on his property:
Now if one were to determine what attribute the German people share with a beast, it would be the cunning and the predatory instinct of a hawk. But if one were to determine what attributes the Jews share with a beast, it would be that of the rat. If a rat were to walk in here right now as I’m talking, would you treat it with a saucer of your delicious milk? (LaPadite: “Probably not”) I didn’t think so. You don’t like them. You don’t really know why you don’t like them. All you know is you find them repulsive.
Consequently, a German soldier conducts a search of a house suspected of hiding Jews. Where does the hawk look? He looks in the barn, he looks in the attic, he looks in the cellar, he looks everywhere he would hide, but there’s so many places it would never occur to a hawk to hide. However, the reason the Führer’s brought me off my Alps in Austria and placed me in French cow country today is because it does occur to me. Because I’m aware what tremendous feats human beings are capable of once they abandon dignity.