Are All Holocaust Movies Doomed to Fail?

Defying fictionalization, the Shoah “builds a border around itself,” Claude Lanzmann said. Is he right?

From Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, 1985.

From Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah, 1985.

Last Word
March 28 2016
About the author

Dan Kagan-Kans is the managing editor of Mosaic.


I’m very grateful to John Podhoretz, Liel Leibovitz, and Jonathan Leaf for their strong and provocative responses to my essay, “That Holocaust Feeling.” Taken singly, their points both about Son of Saul and Holocaust movies in general could easily absorb my space here and a great deal more than that, so let me instead focus on the one major issue that all three address in their highly individual ways.

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