Band of Brother Comparison Book/Miniseries Essay

2261 Words May 15th, 2013 10 Pages
IN250 - WORLD WAR II - Dr. BRIAN MULLGARDT

Critique of “Band of Brothers”

Band of Brothers is a book written by Stephen E. Ambrose in 1992. This book follows the Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, through World War II. Ambrose wrote this book with interviews from veterans and the research he completed on his own. During three years (July 1942 - July1945) from their training in England to the end of World War II, Ambrose tells us the unbelievable story of the Band of Brothers.
Besides of this book, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced in 2001 for HBO a ten part mini series based on Ambrose’s book. This mini series is the most expensive of his kind ($125 million of budget). Band of
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This is a work camp for Jews, pause, and Gypsies. The literal quote is: "Jews, Jews, Jews, . . . Poles, Gypsies." (3) The scene in Ambrose’s book does not mention Jews or Gypsies. It is described as a work camp (2). German civilians in the local town deny any knowledge of the camp but they are not believed by the G.I.s. Food is requisitioned from the local town, from a bakery. We see a fat baker complaining as his entire stock is removed without explanation or payment. In Ambrose’s book there is no such character. Instead an officer finds a store of cheese and has it distributed to the camp inmates without incident (2).

(1) Stephen E. Ambrose, “Band of Brothers”, p.3-4 (2) Stephen E. Ambrose, “Band of Brothers”, p.100-101 (3) Steven Spielberg, “Band of Brothers”, episode 9

The closing message of the episode reads: “These camps were part of the Nazi attempt to effect the ‘Final Solution’ to the ‘Jewish Question’”. In fact these were work camps for building jet fighters. As the book states: “It was a work camp, not an extermination camp.” Spielberg’s film and many others like it steal the memory of the camps and the sufferings of many nations and relabel them “Jewish property”. This is an obvious lapse of scholarly standards in deference to Jewish sentiment. The phrase “why we fight” does not occur in the book. Ambrose quotes Maj. Winters as saying: “Now I know why I am here”. Less than one page of text about

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