I spent the past few days visiting the most horrible places on earth. I have been running around in sub-zero temperatures to find the original sites of the Holocaust.
It began when I joined the Knesset in its historic trip to Auschwitz, which I visited for the second time, and continued in Warsaw where I sought out the last fragments of Jewish life and remaining morsels of the destroyed ghetto.
From countless movies, books and television documentaries on the History Channel, we know about the Nazis who were rounded up and tried as war criminals after World War II, but what about the children of the Third Reich who survived? What happened to them in the eyes of the allies, the Germans and the world? This issue is illuminated in Lore, a brave, gripping, relentlessly absorbing film from Australia, shot in Germany and played entirely in German with English subtitles. It’s Australia’s deserving contender for this year’s Academy Award, for a very good reason. As a chilling footnote to the most brutal chapter in human history, and a Holocaust film unlike any other, it shows the legacy of Nazism through the eyes of innocent children in the aftermath of horror. Without the usual scenes of torture and carnage, it examines the postwar landscape of a defeated ideology with wrenching force. In Lore, the battles are fought in the hearts and minds of children so young that their only crime was to believe the lies their parents told them. Prepare to be moved to tears.
“Depressing” is a word I find myself using a lot this week, and in the weeks leading up to the holiday-season cornucopia of year-end movies. Don’t worry. War Horse, Steven Spielberg’s master blend of heartwarming artistry and entertainment, is on the way. Meanwhile, I fear too many people who cannot bear to Read More
The versatile and accomplished Kristin Scott Thomas works skillfully in both English and French. In Sarah’s Key she is never less than perfect doing both. It’s another in a long line of harrowing stories about the horrors of the Holocaust, but don’t let that deter you. It’s more a detective story than a depressing diary Read More