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The film is a coming-of-age story of a biracial teenage girl falling in love with a member of the Hitler Youth and struggling for survival in Nazi Germany. Lutz is the son of a high ranking SS officer, and is initially an enthusiastic member of the Hitler Youth. As the two grow closer, they must face the harsh realities of their world and navigate their love in the midst of Nazi Germany.
At first, the trial seemed too tedious for a screenplay. But when renowned Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt published a memoir about what it was like to be sued by a Holocaust denier, Hollywood pounced. Rachel Weisz was cast to star as Lipstadt, the Emory University professor and author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.
Key concepts and enduring narratives in the study of anti-Semitism were established in the formative years when the field was created between the Dreyfus Affair (1894–1906) and the rise of Nazism and the Holocaust (1933–1945). The first historians sought to debunk long-held myths about Jews, along with the idea that Jews were a distinct race. Following World War I, new studies began to focus on the links between nationalism and anti-Semitism and to consider the dynamics of group formation against outsiders. The rise of the Nazis led to the first critical histories of anti-Semitism that insisted that anti-Semites, not Jews, were the proper objects of study.
The Impact of Protracted Peace Processes on Identities in Conflict
This open access book discusses the impact of protracted peace processes on identities in conflict. It is concerned with how lingering peace processes affect, in the long-term, patterns of othering in protracted conflicts, and how this relates with enduring violence. Taking Israel and Palestine as a case study, the book traces different representations of success and failure of the protracted peace process, as well as its associated policies, narratives, norms and practices, to analyze its impact on identity and its contribution to the maintenance and/or transformation of the cultural component of violence.
It Could Happen Here
Many books have been written about the global and national uptick in antisemitism. Though most are helpful in contextualizing the problem and explaining how we got to where we are, few are as practical as Jonathan Greenblatt’s newest work, It Could Happen Here. Greenblatt spends the first half of the book diagnosing the problem, explaining the different causes and symptoms of antisemitism, both on the political left and right. However, the biggest contribution of the book appears in the second half, when Greenblatt uses his unique experience working on the front lines against hate to explain the many ways we can combat antisemitism today.
Anti-Semitism Here and Now
In the wake of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in the summer of 2017 and, more recently, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, it is painfully clear that antisemitism is alive — and spreading — around the world. This awareness leads to a slew of difficult questions: Is today’s antisemitism the same or different from what we’ve seen before? Is this a problem only on the far right or is the left to blame as well? And what, if anything, can we do about it?
THE INVESTIGATION, which Weiss describes as an “Oratorio in Eleven Cantos,” is draw from the Auschwitz Frankfurt trials, which were held in 1963, 1964, and 1965. Each canto focuses on specific a subject discussed at the trials. It requires a cast of twenty-eight men and two women. The roles include a Judge, a Counsel for the Prosecution, a Counsel for the Defense, eighteen defendants, and nine witnesses (including the two women.) Although the materials has been (obviously) edited for length, these are in fact the words of the accused, the witnesses, and the legal representatives at the trials.
Jojo Rabbit is a 2019 comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi, adapted from Christine Leunens's 2008 book Caging Skies. Roman Griffin Davis portrays the title character, Johannes "Jojo" Betzler, a ten-year-old Hitler Youth member who finds out that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. He must then question his beliefs while dealing with the intervention of his imaginary friend (Waititi), a fanciful version of Adolf Hitler with a comedic stance on the politics of the war.
Operation Finale is a 2018 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Chris Weitz from a screenplay by Matthew Orton about a 1960 clandestine operation by Israeli commandos to capture former SS officer Adolf Eichmann, and transport him to Jerusalem for trial on charges of crimes against humanity. The film stars Oscar Isaac (who also produced) as the Mossad officer Peter Malkin, and Ben Kingsley as Eichmann, with Lior Raz, Mélanie Laurent, Nick Kroll, and Haley Lu Richardson. Several source materials, including Eichmann in My Hands, by Peter Malkin and Harry Stein, provided the basis for the story.
Woman in Gold
Woman in Gold is a 2015 biographical drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. The film stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce. The film is based on the true story of Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee living in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles, who, together with her young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt Adele Bloch-Bauer, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was stolen from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II. Altmann took her legal battle all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, which ruled on the case Republic of Austria v. Altmann (2004).
The Book Theif
The Book Thief is a 2013 war drama film directed by Brian Percival and starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nélisse. The film is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Markus Zusak and adapted by Michael Petroni. The film is about a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins "borrowing" books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home. The film features a musical score by Oscar-winning composer John Williams.
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