Representations of the Holocaust: stage, screen and text

Although I normally post on art, this is a very significant post.

That's How The Light Gets In

To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.
― Elie Wiesel, Night

Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere.
― Elie Wiesel, Night

Two very different representations of the Holocaust seen in the last 48 hours are the subject of this post. The first is the stage adaptation by Children’s Touring Partnership of  Irish novelist John Boyne’s ‘fable’ for younger readers, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, set in Auschwitzthe second a documentary film, Night Will Fall, about the army photographers who filmed the horrific scenes revealed when British forces entered the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen.

Over one million children under the age of sixteen died in the Holocaust. At death camps like Auschwitz children under 14 were usually murdered in the gas chambers within an hour of arrival.

Those arriving at Auschwitz would join the notorious queue for the ‘separation platform’: older women and mothers with young children directed to…

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About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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One Response to Representations of the Holocaust: stage, screen and text

  1. marblenecltr says:

    Where are the family movies and snap shots of Mengele and Hitler and others in their final days of ease in South America? The forces behind the atrocities of the last century were not of the Ha Shem of Christian or Jew, but they are still at work to finish with a global Auschwitz with the depopulation goal of six billion. After the battle, a remnant of good people will survive the conflict that will be the last from such evil.

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