of the events of the Holocaust raises a number of issues. What words
and images can show what happened? Who has the right to tell the stories
and what obligation is the storyteller under both to the dead and also
to the survivors? What ways can be used to tell the story of these events?
to bear in mind is the ways in which films operate. We expect them to
tell us a story and to conclude that story, tying up all of the loose
threads which have been wound together in the narrative. Films are very
good at showing 'what' happened, but often not at 'why' things happened.
With such a complex issue as the Holocaust, we do need to know 'why'
these things happened. What are the seeds which were sown through anti-semitism
which grew into the Holocaust? Why, suddenly in 1942, did the Nazi's
attitude change from one of repression to outright industrialised murder?
Can film possibly deal with issues such as these whilst 'entertaining'
an audience? One critic very sarcastically wrote an imaginary
memo to Disney Studios to suggest how they could adapt the idea
of "Life is Beautiful" to make a "humorous" film
about the struggle for human rights.
how can any medium come to terms with the very enormity of 6 milion
people being killed because of their race?