The Cinematic Cheapening of the Holocaust

Instead of historic films that treat the Shoah with respect, recent movies have started using the Holocaust as a mere scare tactic or easy joke.

To understand the evolution of the Holocaust as a cultural reference point, look to Hollywood as your guide. The role of the Shoah on film – whether as subject, symbol or metaphor – reflects the way it is discussed and debated in society. And from examining its appearance in films over the past few decades, we see a complicated development from sacred to nearly profane.