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1967 Palo Alto high school fascism experiment becomes movie

Original post made by Simon Firth, College Terrace, on Jan 30, 2008

Did you know that a movie has been made about the 1967 'Third Wave' experiment at Cubberly High School? Here's the lede from an article from today's Hollywood Reporter and a link.

PARK CITY, Utah (Hollywood Reporter) - Based on a real event from a California high school in 1967 and transposed to Germany today, "The Wave" is a cautionary tale about the roots of fascism. Seductive and horrifying at the same time, it suggests that anything is possible in today's unstable environment.

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You can find more about the actual Palo Alto experience at: Web Link

and here: Web Link

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Posted by Cougar
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 30, 2008 at 9:06 pm

We learned about this when we were students at Cubberley (way back in the olden days '79 - the last year before it closed), and this was discussed again by a college professor I had many years later.

Its a fascinating (amazing) piece of history, for people who think 'it can't happen here - we're too xxx (smart, educated, independent, etc.)

It REALLY illustrates the tangible dangers of balkanizing our community. I'd say its required reading for Palo Altans old and new.






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