Sidebar: Probably my favourite American classic (in the sense of hugely popular work of media) about the antebellum South has gotta be Roots. I mean, come on. It has LeVar Burton in it. Actually my point was it would likely not be intentionally racist. Any modern German film dealing with Nazi guards in relationships in Auschwitz would be aware of and repeatedly acknowledge that Auschwitz was terrible and that these two hypothetical Nazi lovers are morally compromised people. Perhaps a relevant example familiar to many non-Germans would be Das Boot, which even as it sympathies with the struggles of its U-Boat crew it is downright hostile to Adolf Hitler and the purpose of the war in general. And certainly the failure of Nazi Germany would not be treated with quite the same rosy regard as Rhett Butler throwing in his lot with the cause he doesn't believe in but it's lost so he may as well. One can fairly argue there are problems with German films about the war like Das Boot or Downfall and so on, but they never embrace Nazi Germany as a basically unproblematic cause as GOTW treats the South. Point to you. In my defence, it's nowhere near as impregnable as it was when GOTW came out. For example, W.E.B. DuBois was advocating a minority position in the 1930s and he was attacked by other historians for having dubious scholarship. Today, his central argument has been entirely vindicated and is status quo academically.