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Third party programs to show the Holocaust : A break of the generations

Forty years ago, that Germany learned the term Holocaust, and since then has never been forgotten. What was to become, until January 1979 formless, now got a shape that no one could pass. The occasion was the airing of the American channel NBC Eilers "Holocaust – the story of The family Weiss-produced Fourth" in the third television programs of the ARD.

The media response was huge: ratings of 39 percent, accompanying a call program with Viewers, editorials in the Newspapers – and the almost banal authoritative-acting honour, that the Holocaust was voted word of the year.

on the Occasion of the anniversary of WDR, NDR and SWR drag the story to a Jewish family destroyed during the war and after, again into the program. On Monday, the first part was broadcast. But what can give the production to a young audience?

I myself, Born in 1989, I'm to young to have the first broadcast of "Holocaust" noticed. My media contacts on the subject of the magical-romantic Verkitschung of Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's list" and the revenge fantasies of the Ego-shooter "Wolfenstein 3D" on a DOS Computer. Nazis to shoot, that was my first confrontation with the destruction of the Jews.

Insufficient images

Later reports, such as Art Spiegelman's Graphic Novel "Maus", a Nazi-Trash with the movie "Iron Sky", in which Hitler's remaining followers in a lunar base, and regroup, as well as Exploitation films in which SS guards inside for sexual fantasies serve followed Survivors.

Claude Lanzmann's nine-hour documentary epic "Shoah" I looked alone in a student residence, on a high from three litres discounters-energy drink that should keep me up at five in the morning to be awake. After all of these formats, which have developed in the forty years since the "Holocaust"-a four-divider, the realization that no single imaging of the systematic extermination of six million Jews as well as Homosexuals, the sick, the Roma and other social groups. The NBC production today can have the same effect it once in the seventies in the General memory invaded.

a Lot of it has to do with the almost after the formation of the order-smelling structure of the film. In the years of the war, the family is White, as it happens, witness of numerous historical events that are now part of the school Canon of each intermediate child: November pogroms, the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, the massacre of Babi Yar. As a family-son, Karl comes to Buchenwald, he declared in a lecture on the System of different coloured patches for trapped clothing: red for political prisoners, and purple for Jehovah's witnesses.

homophobia in the Code

From a historical perspective, such education parts sense, they contributed by the people for the enlightenment in a way has now been institutionalized fortunately, in the schools. Unpleasant, however, are the means by which the SS-leadership to the upstart Erik the village is staged. If he is planning, together with Reinhard Heydrich in a dark room with Whiskey, cigarettes, and dimmed the light of the "final solution of the Jewish question", gets an almost Homo-erotic Dimension. Adolf Eichmann ensnares the village, in places, with caricature-like Flamboyanz

a long time it has to feed in the American Film Tradition, the villains with as a gay and applicable Codes. Just Disney uses this homophobic Schema. In the "the lion king" is the narcissistic villain Scar hyenas in Leni-Riefenstahl-Aesthetics of March.

The philosopher Slavoj Zizek argued once on the basis of the musical film "Sound of Music", Hollywood's take on Nazi representations of the propaganda image of the komsopolitischen, verweiblichten Judens, which has been widely used in past by Germans, and update the anti-Semitism in the audience. Also in the case of "Holocaust" to such characters. At the same time, the female characters are just at the beginning of the film, only the appendage of the men.

It should not be necessary to speak about feminism and homophobia in a Film about the Shoah. Actually, it should be about how to bring a project like this, the suffering of the Jews and their will to Survive, in pictures can.

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Gregor Dotzauer

It is not a question of the importance of the fourth splitter, to doubt. Only we should ask ourselves 40 years after the publication of why it took a gay-coded Nazis, Germany was able to accept the Holocaust-term.

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