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Publication - Dr Debbie Pinfold

    The Sins of the Fathers

    Mark Herman's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) and Cate Shortland's Lore (2012)

    Citation

    Pinfold, DM, 2015, ‘The Sins of the Fathers: Mark Herman's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) and Cate Shortland's Lore (2012)’. Oxford German Studies, vol 44., pp. 254-270

    Abstract

    This article sets two recent international films featuring the children
    of Holocaust perpetrators in the context of united Germany's discourse
    about the National Socialist past. It draws on Karen Lury's The Child in Film (2010) and Murray Smith's Engaging Characters (1995) to provide a close reading of Mark Herman's The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) and Cate Shortland's Lore
    (2012), and argues that while both directors appear to be using the
    child figure as a means of exploring the topic of Holocaust
    perpetration, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas not
    only reflects outdated understandings of the Third Reich, but also
    risks presenting the perpetrators themselves as victims. Lore,
    on the other hand, can be read as both a thought-provoking intervention
    into post-unification debates about German perpetration and victimhood
    and as an encouragement to non-German viewers to consider issues of
    perpetration much closer to home.

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