The Horrors of The Holocaust Essay

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Tread the murky waters of the internet and it won’t be long before you stumble across a Hitler comparison. Apparently, that one person who wronged you or that political leader whose ideology differs from yours is fair game to be called “literally Hitler,” which tells us two interesting characteristics about our society: one, people do not know how to use the word literally, and two, they view Hitler as the epitome of evil. Why’s that? Obviously Hitler did terrible deeds, with his systematic murder of millions of people being by far the most notable, but let’s be frank, the people throwing around “literally Hitler” insults were not alive during the Holocaust. A majority of people living today probably do not have family that went through …show more content…
By adopting this universal image of suffering, we create a frame of reference that gives our society the ability to share a grieving process with one another and develop a more cohesive cultural identity. As a result, the Holocaust is deeply embedded in our culture, predominantly in our literature and cinema. While there are countless true accounts and novelizations, The Diary of Anne Frank is notable for being translated into seventy languages and selling over thirty million copies worldwide, spurring a play and film adaptation of her life (Anne Frank Guide). Anne’s account of her years in hiding is standard in school curricula around the world. In the cinematic realm, Steven Spielberg’s critically acclaimed Schindler’s List won seven Oscars for its depiction of the true story of Czech businessman Oskar Schindler and the eleven hundred Jews he saved from Auschwitz, including the coveted Best Picture award (IMDb). These are just a couple of the renowned of the plethora of books and films on the topic, and notice that, like typical media representations of the Holocaust, both narrate the stories of the victims or heroes. Few authors want to delve into the minds of the Nazis and share their story, so we often see Nazis depicted as one-dimensional antagonistic caricatures: sadistic, unfeeling, and evil. A prime example is Colonel Hans Landa, a fictitious character from Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Landa is a detective of the Waffen-SS and wears his

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