Survival As Shown During The Holocaust Period

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Survival as shown in the Holocaust Period

The horrors of the Holocaust period have been portrayed in many movies, books, and other works throughout history. The period of the Holocaust presents readers and viewers with themes such as survival and hope in hardships faced by prisoners to reach life after the harsh conditions they lived through in concentration camps. In the face of overwhelming evil, the film Schindler’s List, directed by Steven Spielberg, tells the story of the Nazi party and their power over the Jews. This film is based on the novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally, an Australian novelist, who exhibits the unbroken spirits and will of survival from the Jews and other minority groups that were imprisoned. In the film, the main protagonist, Oskar Schindler, proves to be a German Nazi who is attempting to be a ‘good’ German and save some of the Jews from their fate of death in the camps. The comic novels Maus I and II, both written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman, depicting Spiegelman’s father Vladek and his recounted experiences as a Polish-Jewish prisoner and later, Auschwitz survivor. All of Vladek 's experiences in the Holocaust represent a constant struggle to survive. First, with his factory and most income and valuables usurped away from him, then as being forced out of his home into the ghettos of Poland, and ultimately into the death camp of Auschwitz. As the struggle builds up, his will to survive begins to modify his previously held strong bonds…
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