From Reverence to Rape

Hollywood tries to plunder meaning from the Holocaust — again.


Defiance, starring Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner, and Mark Feuerstein.Directed by Edward Zwick. Written by Clayton Frohman and Edward Zwick.

Given the record of Holocaust films, perhaps it's time for a halt to Holocaust movies. We may not — indeed, we may never — be ready to understand the worst genocide in human history. The last word may come from the end of The Reader, whose narrator comes begging for absolution for the former camp guard he had loved, from a Jewish survivor (Lena Olin) who was her victim. "Nothing came out of the camps," she tells him. "Nothing!"Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber wonder where all the Holocaust victims went.

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