Why I Don't Watch Holocaust Movies

The very act of converting the Shoah into a story on film is a violation of its meaning, its force, and its evil.

From Schindler’s List (1993).

From Schindler’s List (1993).

Response
March 16 2016
About the author

John Podhoretz is the editor of Commentary. His movie criticism appears regularly in the Weekly Standard.


I have not seen Son of Saul, and I will not see it. As a general rule I do not see Holocaust movies, even though I have been a working film critic for 37 years. It is not because they do not affect me but because they do—and I do not trust the way they affect me. I did see Schindler’s List, and I wept at its conclusion, when Steven Spielberg has the Schindler survivors walk toward the camera as the film’s black-and-white blooms suddenly into color. But what was I weeping at?

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