The systematic killing of the European Jews has gained its place as one of the most important and catastrophic events in history, reflected also in the attention that this event has drawn. The uniqueness of this episode in the history has been widely discussed and most of the people agree that the Holocaust was ??an event at the limits.? Naturally, such an important experience found its place in scholarly writings and discussions, films, television programs, musical compositions, plays, photography, and internet materials. Sixty years after the end of the War World II questions concerning the ethnical and artistic representation of the Holocaust continue to be discussed and argued about.
In January 1933 the Nazi regime came to power in Germany, this was the beginning of one of the darkest pages in modern history,—-(Today I was reading about the Holocaust and I thought I should post what I have read )
Between the end of the war and the beginning of the 1960s the Holocaust has hardly had any impact upon the American film industry. As in other forms of art the theme had stirred little interest. Only a few books dealt with it, and most of them not very successfully, probably because the event had not yet been recognized as one worthy of artistic treatment it was left to historians to define and decide the parameters of the catastrophe. The only movies available at that time in the United States concerning the Holocaust were newsreels and documentaries made by the allied armies (some using Nazi footage of the atrocity). The first cinematic “looking back” on the Holocaust was Alain Resnais’ Night and Fog in 1956, and that was produced in French and unlikely to be known or understood by Americans. In this context the appearance of The Diary of Anne Frank, first as a play, an adaptation after Anne Frank’s famous diary in 1956, and then as a movie in 1959, had a much bigger impact then its producers had expected.
First published in Holland in 1947 under the title of Het Achterhuis, The Diary was edited by Anne's father, who removed certain family references and some of her highly intimate confessions. Anne’s story made its appearance in America in the beginnings of the 1950s, first as the English translation of the original diary, later as a dramatization, and as a movie in 1959.
What is the connection between Afro-Americans struggling in Harlem, and Jewish people in death camps? Can such a comparison be made without destroying the historical record? One might say that no, there is nothing that can be compared with the Holocaust or that there is nothing to be gained from awakening the dark memories of a Holocaust survivor. Sidney Lumet’s movie, The Pawnbroker, proves the contrary, by associating Harlem with the Holocaust, and blacks and Puerto Ricans with Jews
Schindler’s List (1993) represents Steven Spielberg’s first try to narrate so heavy an historical event as the Holocaust. Schindler's List tells the story of a German businessman, Oskar Schindler, who transforms himself through a series of events from a practical Nazi - capitalist into a saviour of Jews. For this Schindler trades even his long desired fortune, and ends bankrupted, all in order to protect his Jewish workers from the gas chambers at Auschwitz. But Spielberg’s movie succeeded in important and multiple ways. His presentation of Schindler’s story is considered the most significant cinematic statement on the Holocaust in the last decade, achieving not only remarkable commercial success but aesthetic success as well, and ultimately success as a way to educate about the Holocaust. The movie, which received an Oscar for the Best Film of 1993, Schindler's List, is often shown in high schools to teach students about the Holocaust.