Monologues from the miniseries "V"
directed by Kenneth Johnson
(Kenneth Johnson's brilliant 1983 mini-series takes Nazi Germany to a global scale. A group of aliens calling themselves "The Visitors" have come to Earth asking for aid for what they say is a peaceful mission. It doesn't take long for some humans to discover that they're really a race of lizard creatures intent on taking our water and using humans for food. After gaining public trust, the Visitors begin to seize control by manufacturing a conspiracy involving scientists who, like the Jews a half-century before, find themselves ostracized by the public and hunted.)
(In the following scene, a scientist and his family seek shelter from Abraham Bernstein (Leonardo Cimino, himself a Holocaust survivor) but is blocked by his son, Stanley (George Morfogen). When Stanley refuses to allow them aid, his father berates him.)
Abraham: We had to put you in a suitcase. In a suitcase! An eight-month old baby. And that's how the underground smuggled you out. But they couldn't help the rest of us...
Stanley: I know this story, Father.
Abraham: No, you don't! Your mother...auv shalom...your mother didn't have a heart attack while we were in the boxcar. No. She made it to the camp with me. I can still see her...standing naked in the freezing cold, ice on the ground...her beautiful black hair was gone. They'd shaved her head. I can see her...waving to me, as they marched her with the others -- all those people -- to the showers. The shower with no water, you understand. And perhaps...if somebody had given US a place to hide...she could still be alive today. They have to stay, you see? Or else we haven't learned a thing....
(The Bernsteins are turned over to the Visitors by their own son, a member of their Youth Group-like Security Force. Stanley and his wife, Lynn, return but Abraham doesn't survive the interrogation. When the Resistance asks for thier help, Lynn refuses, but Stanley gives her a letter from Abraham which she reads:)
Lynn: "My dear family. It's painful knowing I won't share the days ahead with you. I pray that I am the only one who will be taken today. It hurts to know that I'll not see your faces anymore. Already I am missing you...Stanley, my son...Lynn, who is as dear to me as the daughter I never had and Daniel, for whom I worry the most. But I am too old to run away at this time. What I must do is to stay instead, to show that I have faith in what's right. You may think that an old man wouldn't be afraid to die, but this old man is very frieghtened. I keep hoping that I'll find a little of my wife's dignity and strength, but so far I am as frightened as a child who fears the dark. Yet I am determined. We must fight this darkness that is threatening to engulf us. Each of us must be a ray of hope. We must each do our part and join with all the others, until each ray joins together to become a blinding light, triumphant over the dark. Until that task is accomplished, life here on Earth will have no purpose, no meaning. We cannot live as helpless victims. More than anything, we must always remember which side we're on...and be willing to fight for it. Your mother and I wil march beside you....holding hands together. We'll sing your songs of victory----you'll feel us in your hearts. Our spirits will be----"
Stanley: "Our spirits will be with you always"....and our love. Don't you see Lynn? We have to help. Or else we haven't learned a thing.
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