July 23, 2018
The last few days have seen renewed controversy over Holocaust denial thanks to comments Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the other day.
In defending Facebook’s policy of refusing to take down accounts that promote false information, Zuckerberg said, “I think there are things that different people get wrong. I don’t think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong … It’s hard to impugn intent and to understand the intent.”
Zuckerberg argued he was trying to balance the priorities of “giving people a voice” and “keeping the community safe” by drawing a fine line between direct incitement to violence and false information. Those who claim the Holocaust never happened often stop short of telling people what to do with those lies.
As a Jew, Zuckerberg should know better. Holocaust denial has a long history of rousing up anti-Semites to believe Jews have tricked the world into getting preferential treatment and should therefore be punished.
April 19, 2018
The 1996 made-for-TV movie, “The Man Who Captured Eichmann” gives us two amazing performances by Robert Duvall and Arliss Howard. Unfortunately, it takes about half the film before you can get to that.The 1996 made-for-TV movie,
Everyone knows that, in 1960, Israeli Mossad agents found SS officer Adolf Eichmann hiding in Argentina and brought him to justice for trial in Jerusalem.
This film tells the little-known story of how the agents were able to identify him, seize him, and hold him for ten days in a safe house before sending him to Israel. Duvall plays Eichmann and Howard plays Peter Malkin, the agent who headed the team that captured him.
April, 12, 2018
This upcoming April 14 will be the 106th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
Titanic enthusiasts, or “rivet counters” as they are sometimes called, have probably seen every movie about the sinking of the Titanic. But have they missed one?
Perhaps the most bizarre and least known of the Titanic films is the 1943 German film “Titanic” made by the Nazis as propaganda to advance their theories of German superiority.
An analysis of the movie is an interesting study of the Nazi mind and how it wanted to influence others, but the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film, as the Nazis were fighting a losing war on two fronts, is even more fascinating.
March 19, 2018
Philip Graham said that journalism is the first rough draft of history.
Films like “7 Days in Entebbe,” which opened in theaters this week and depicts events that happened over 40 years ago, help show the logical conclusion of Graham’s proclamation: those indirectly effected by events generations later can have quite the different view than those who lived through them and were directly affected by them.
March 12, 2018
Israel is somewhat unique in the world in that it is one of only eight nations which require compulsory military service for women. So it is one of very few settings where you could have a coming-of-age-for-women-in-the-army film. Since they are draftees and not volunteers, Israeli women (at least those in this film) are kept far from combat; they are given jobs such as filing forms, shredding paper, and making coffee. They act out almost as if the army is an extension of high school.