Films of Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing
Edited By John J. Michalczyk and SJ Raymond G. Helmick
Part Four: Holocaust/Shoah: A Moral Tragedy and Where Was Man?
PART FOUR Holocaust/Shoah: A Moral Tragedy and Where Was Man? Where Was Man? My private battle with God. ____________________ You know I hated You oh Lord I cursed your blessed name I needed help a word And there was no one else to blame Because Your silence drove me mad I climbed the walls and my hair My lungs were spitting blood and yet You wouldn’t listen to my prayer I called on You in torment wild And desperately cursed Your name Then I was nothing but a child And there was no one else to blame But now I feel God wasn’t dead And WHERE WAS MAN I ask instead. —Sonia Schreiber Weitz, Survivor The Growing Consciousness of the Shoah through Film: For Better or Worse John J. Michalczyk Films attempting to depict the Holocaust or the Shoah have been in great part responsible for educating society about the most horrific genocide of the twentieth century. As we consider the evolution of the Holocaust film in a chronological fashion, we can detect certain patterns as well as certain clichés in an endeavor to represent the unrepresentable. Although imperfect, the films each contribute to a dialogue about the unparalleled phenomenon that drove Raphael Lemkin to put a name to the human tragedy. The Holocaust can be viewed as the product of a “perfect storm”: the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, the need for a scapegoat after the downfall of Germany in WWI, and the ascendancy of Adolf Hitler and the...
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