Hello everyone, hope I’m not intruding here. I’ve read the rules and there’s nothing saying I can’t post here, but please call me out if I am stepping into a space that isn’t for me.
Also this post will contain mentions of the Holocaust/Shoah as well as mentions/discussions of the book and film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. If you don’t feel up to reading/talking about them, I’d suggest avoiding this post.
Last summer, after a stressful day of work, I decided I REALLY wanted to watch Tangled on DVD. Me living with my parents at the time, I started digging back through our extensive DVD collection for it – and there at the bottom of the pile was a copy of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
I have no idea who in my family bought it – my dad and brother and I are Christian and my mum isn’t religious. It was still in its cellophane and still had the cheap price label on it, clearly never having been opened or watched. But there it was, in our possession, taunting me.
And I started wondering – am I, as a non-Jewish person, allowed to go my whole life without ever putting myself through that movie? Do I HAVE to see it with my own eyes to understand how evil and inhumane it was?
Of course, this was before I heard all the discourse around stories about the Holocaust and how TBITSP was being used as a teaching tool despite being an inaccurate and harmful depiction of events, especially while real stories like Maus are being banned in schools. So that didn’t factor into my feelings at the time.
Again, if I’m doing or saying anything wrong by posting this, PLEASE say so.