Different Perspectives of The Jewish Holocaust

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The Holocaust tends to be a bitter memory and an unpleasant subject to discuss. Although this event took place many years ago, repercussions are still present in the twenty first century. Especially in Germany, the Holocaust not only influences patriotism, but it also influences education and immigration policies. In contrast to other countries where nationalism is common, Germany has been forced to lessen the sense of nationalism in order to dispose false beliefs some individuals have of German racism. By allowing people from other countries to become German citizens, Germany avoids transmitting the sense of being a better and a cleaner race. A further sector influenced by the Holocaust is the education system. Approaches to teach about …show more content…
Therefore, movies transmit the emotions experienced at the Holocaust with more intensity. However, the dilemma of transmitting Holocaust education through movies is that Hollywood´s versions of the Holocaust alter the events into a simple story of triumph over tragedy (Anna Reading, 211). These movies usually tell the tragic story of a person and end on a high note: either the victim manages to escape and survive the Holocaust, or the Germans suffer the consequences of their atrocious actions. David T. Sterritt compares movie scenes with realistic events (Sterritt, Hollywood’s Holocaust). For instance, the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, narrates the story of the secret friendship between a Jewish boy, named Shmuel, and a German boy, named Bruno, at a concentration camp. After time passes, the boys decide that it would be more fun if Bruno played inside the camp instead of having to play on the other side of the fence. Consequently, the two boys dig a hole; Bruno crawls into the camp, and puts on the special pajamas. The story tragically ends with the death of both boys in a gas chamber. Sterritt remarks that even though the storyline moves viewers to tears, the movie omits realistic details. Sterritt begins his critique by comparing Shmuel to real Holocaust children. He states that most Holocaust children did not have a great survival chance since most children were killed immediately or were used for medical experimentations. Secondly, he criticizes

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