Apathy and the shame of not speaking up and acting out. They are as prevalent today as they were 90 years ago when Adolf Hitler began his murderous reign. And now, like then, white nationalism is spreading like a cancer through Europe, with most of the unchecked hatred visited upon “the other.” I mention this because Christian Petzold’s dread-inducing “Transit” serves as a stunning wake-up call to what will be a bleak, dangerous outcome if the “civilized” world doesn’t snap out of it – and quick. Yes, history is repeating itself.
Based on Anna Segher’s 1944 novel about Nazi Germany, and eerily transported to the near future by Petzold, “Transit” plays like an echo of the genocide of the 1940s right down to the Gestapo-like roundup