In the news today, I read about a controversy that has been caused by Netflix recommending a comedy film for young people, that is supposedly comparable to the 2008 Holocaust film entitled The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
The following quote is from the news article, cited above:
Two outraged teenagers have condemned Netflix as “highly inappropriate” after it suggested the Inbetweeners [movie] was like the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas [movie].
Disgusted Sid Clayton and Jarvis George said they were worried comparing a comedy about schoolboys to a bleak film about a boy slaughtered in the concentration camps could offend those who lost loved ones in the Holocaust.
The two 16-year-old boys were scrolling through the film streaming site at looking for something to watch at about 8pm on Tuesday when they came across the recommendation.
Under the heading “more like the Inbetweeners” the harrowing Holocaust film was listed high school comedies like 22 Jump Street.
When I first started blogging, over 5 years ago, one of my first blog posts was a review of the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. In my blog post, I did not reveal the ending, but you can probably guess what happens to the 8-year-old Jewish boy, who wears “striped pajamas” in what is supposed to be the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.
This quote is from the end of my original blog post about the boy in the striped pajamas:
As the fable comes to an end, Bruno peeks through a transom (a glass window at the top of a door) and sees his father and other SS officers watching a movie about the concentration camps in which it is shown that they had orchestras, libraries, soccer matches and a cafe for the inmates. Actually, this movie is based on real life because the Nazis did make a film of the Theresienstadt concentration camp where the prisoners enjoyed all these things before many of them were sent to Auschwitz to be gassed.
The place, where the orchestra practiced at Birkenau, was close enough to the Crematorium III gas chamber that the prisoners could hear classical music as they descended into the undressing room. The soccer field at Birkenau was a stone’s throw from the Crematorium III gas chamber. There were large libraries for the prisoners at Dachau and Buchenwald and at the Auschwitz main camp, although not at Birkenau.
After seeing part of this movie, Bruno sneaks off to the concentration camp, taking an American style Subway sandwich with him for his friend Schmuel. (Back then, the Germans typically ate one slice of bread with a slice of sausage on top and German cookbooks had to explain how to make an American “sandwich.”)
Then we see Bruno’s father as he consults with other SS men in his office. There is an architectural drawing on the table, labeled Crematorium IV, which shows a gas chamber, disguised as a shower room.
As the music gets louder and louder, we know that the unthinkable is about to happen.