The front of the arts section of the New York Times last Sunday featured a story by A.O. Scott called Never Forget. You're Reminded about the growing "trend" of Holocaust films. Perhaps I am too close to the subject matter of Holocaust remembrance because I work at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, but I was quite perturbed by the article which suggests that the Holocaust is now just another film genre like westerns and that we don't need so many films about the subject.
This is just my personal opinon, but I think there are many important reasons to continue to make films about the Holocaust. One is that survivors are dying every day. While we live in New York where there are many survivors who speak about their experiences to students and a museum devoted to teaching about the Holocaust, these films reach places that do not have either of these resources. And if they inspire people to learn about the Holocaust when they leave the theater, how is that a bad thing?
There are many other strong arguments for continuing to make and watch films about the Holocaust that I could go into, but I'd rather know what you think.