Sunshine By Istvan Szabo Analysis

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The results of World War I had a dramatic effect on the historical evolution of the European empire. Anti-Semitism was prevalent at the end of World War I, and as a result the cruel treatment of the Jewish population was widely accepted and practiced by those who supported Adolf Hitler. The deterioration of the Weimar republic along with the great depression set Germany back tremendously. This set back gave Hitler the opportunity to come into power. A series of events lead up to the anti- Jewish regime that would later spread throughout the European nation. In this paper I will be examining content from Saul Friedländer’s “Nazi Germany and the Jews” as well as the film sunshine by István Szabó. I will compare the view of the time period from the historical viewpoint of Friedländer verses the emotional responses of the time period through from the film. Anti Semitism in Europe was rampant in the 1900’s. The people of the European nations that practiced other religions other than Judaism were hostel towards the Jews. This hostility was stemmed from a long line of rumors. Due to the practice of Christianity the gospel states that Jesus was crucified, this …show more content…
The film follows the lives of the Sonnenschein family, a middle class family. The movies begins with the narrator telling the audience about a family recipe for tonic that was created by a family ancestor. Valerie was the daughter of the man that created the tonic. Upon her fathers sudden death she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Sonnenschein. The Sonnenschein family had two sons, István and Gustave. The brother were both very intelligent men. István became a lawyer and Gustave became a doctor. Both of the sons worked very hard to achieve the level of academia that they did. Valerie and István fell in love with each other and created the second generation of

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