Artistic portrayals of the Holocaust

31.10.2011                      03.Cheschwan. 5772                       Ta'anit BH"B

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Artistic portrayals of the Holocaust

Painful shouting about the Holocaust has reverberated in books, exhibitions, films and on the stage ever since the war; as early as 1946, actors portrayed Holocaust victims on the stages of Broadway.

"To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric," said the social critic Theodor Adorno in 1949. Some 17 years later, he corrected himself: "Perennial suffering has as much right to expression as a tortured man has to scream."
Painful shouting about the Holocaust has reverberated in books, exhibitions, films and on the stage ever since the war. As early as 1946, actors portrayed Holocaust victims on the stages of Broadway, as in the play "A Flag is Born" by Ben Hecht. In it, Marlon Brando played the role of David, an angry young man who survived a concentration camp. Despite the fact that it had all the elements of a Broadway production and was well received by the critics, "A Flag is Born" was not exactly a play and, according to its promotional materials, it had no intention of entertaining people, but rather wanted "to make money to provide ships to get Hebrews to Palestine."…