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May 22, 2015

“how Europe killed itself, committed suicide.” is the theme of a new film by Laslo Nemes

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, movies — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 10:10 am
Laslo Nemes (photo credit Getty Images)

Laslo Nemes (photo credit Getty Images)

The title of my blog post is a quote from a news article which you can read in full here.

Today, I am writing about a new film, made by Laslo Nemes, that is entitled Son of Saul. The film is about the Holocaust, but you would never know it from this title.

Unfortunately, I think that most Americans will be immediately reminded of the TV series entitled Better Call Saul.

The movie Son of Saul is about the Sonderkommando Jews, who helped the Nazis in the death camps by removing the bodies from the gas chambers and putting them into the cremation ovens.

I recently blogged about one of the Sonderkommando Jews on this blog post:

This quote is from the news article about the movie Son of Saul:

“… the film, which has been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics, has started a debate about whether the Sonderkommando were victims or perpetrators, and what it means to focus on one man’s life.

According to the news article: At a news conference here last week, Mr. Rohrig, a Hungarian poet who lives in New York, tapped into a longstanding debate about whether the Sonderkommando were victims or perpetrators. “They were 100 percent victims,” he said. “They had no control of their destinies.”

This quote is also from the news article:

In an interview here on Tuesday, Mr. Nemes, 38, said he welcomed the debate and intended the film to start a conversation. “Since the end of the Second World War I’ve seen very clearly that many people more or less consider the Holocaust as a mythical story and approached it probably from a defensive mechanism, as a way to get away from it through survival stories,” he said.

The following quote is also from the news article.

He continued, “I don’t think Auschwitz and the extermination of the European Jews was about survival. It was about death. And how Europe killed itself, committed suicide.” Mr. Nemes said he had always been frustrated by a more conventional approach to the Holocaust — one best exemplified by Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List,” that focuses on the victims. In “Son of Saul,” Mr. Nemes said he wanted to “reduce the distance” between the viewer and Saul to show the character’s moral complexity.