It should surprise no-one that, in the middle of the 6-month liquidation of the Gaza concentration camp by the Israel Defense Forces, the UK film industry released not one but two films about the ‘Holocaust’.[1]

One Life, a UK film about a British man who helped Jews from German-occupied Czechoslovakia, was released in the UK on 1 January, 2024, when the death toll in the Gaza Strip had passed 30,000; and The Zone of Interest, a UK/US/German co-production about the commandant of Auschwitz, was released in the UK on 2 February, when a further 5,000 Palestinians had been added to the list of the dead.

Since then, the death toll in Gaza has exceeded 40,000, more than a third of them children, during which The Zone of Interest has won Best International Feature at the Academy Awards, Outstanding British Film at the BAFTAs, the Grand Prix at Cannes, and won or been nominated for over 120 awards in the US, UK and Europe. Indeed, the films produced by the Holocaust Industry and awarded by the film industry have kept pace with the theft and murder of Palestinians since at least 1967, because that industry has always been a product of US foreign policy.

History of an Industry
According to the ‘List of Holocaust films’ compiled on Wikipedia, there have been 494 films made about the ‘Holocaust’ between 1940 and 2023, five of them made last year alone. But what purpose does this industry serve? To answer this question, we should look not only at the politics of the films — which includes the viewer positions they invite us to occupy, the identifications they encourage us to make, and all the other strategies of narrative and documentary cinema — but also when they were made; for, ultimately, it is the historical context in which and for which a work of art is made that determines its historical meaning. There are other meanings, too, outside that context; but films are increasingly expensive things to make and distribute — The Zone of Interest had a budget of $15 million — particularly the products of Hollywood cinema that have produced the lion’s share of the Holocaust Film Industry. As such, they cannot be separated from the politics of their financing, which includes, of course, the support network of media promotion and institutional awards.

According to the Wikipedia list — for which I am not claiming any definitive record but which will serve for the purposes of this article — here are the number of Holocaust narrative films/documentaries made by decade:

1940s: 18 / 10 = 28
1950s: 09 / 01 = 9
1960s: 16 / 10 = 26
1970s: 25 / 06 = 31
1980s: 27 / 29 = 56
1990s: 42 / 72 = 114
2000s: 42 / 68 = 110
2010s: 44 / 49 = 93
2020s: 16 / 11 = 27 (so far)
That’s 238 narrative films and 256 documentaries making a total of 494 ‘Holocaust’ films in 84 years. And it’s these, above other products of the Holocaust Industry — the books, museums, tourist trails, school and university courses and the institutions of Zionism — that have been responsible for shaping the opinions of the audience that, today, watches on news programmes, chat shows and social media as the genocide in Gaza unfolds before its eyes.

The Cold War in Film
As these figures show, for the first 15 years after the end of the Second World War, very few films were made about the ‘Holocaust’. This wasn’t only because Europe wanted to forget the horrors of the recent past and the complicity of its governments, institutions and peoples in the concentration camps and what happened on the Eastern Front. As the USA, under the Marshall Plan, pumped nearly $3 billion into rebuilding West Germany as a buffer against the expanding influence of the Soviet Union in Europe, recruited former Nazi scientists, engineers and technicians into its nuclear missiles programme, and appointed former Nazi generals and politicians to senior positions in the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the last thing it wanted was to remind the world of the crimes of the Third Reich or of its appeasement by the United States, Britain and France right up until 1939.

As a result of these political and military expediencies, in the 22 years between the defeat of Germany in 1945 and the Six-Day War between Israel and the combined forces of Egypt, Syria and Jordan in 1967, the United States made just 10 films about the ‘Holocaust’, 7 of which were given a wide distribution. The Stranger (International Pictures, 1946), was the first Hollywood film to show documentary footage of the concentration camps. The Search (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1948), depicted the US presence in post-war Germany as a mission of mercy rather than a military occupation. The Juggler (Columbia Pictures, 1953) was the first film to conflate the  sufferings of Jews in the ‘Holocaust’ with their salvation in the State of Israel.

The Diary of Anne Frank (20th Century-Fox, 1959) initiated the subgenre of film adaptations of this story. Exodus (United Artists, 1960), a virulently anti-Arab film, explicitly justified the founding of the State of Israel as a form of compensation for the ‘Holocaust’ and refuge for Jews against its repetition. Judgment at Nuremberg (United Artists, 1961) legitimised the US in its assumed post-war role as law-enforcer for the rest of the world. And The Pawnbroker (American International Pictures, 1965) identified the US as the privileged site for survivors of the ‘Holocaust’.

Compared to its later levels of production, the Holocaust Industry in film only began in earnest in the late 1960s after Israel, on the back of its victory and in defiance of international law, occupied the Palestinian Territories in the West Bank, Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip — which they continue to hold to this day. In the 57 years since then, the US alone has made or co-produced an extraordinary 140 narrative films and documentaries about the ‘Holocaust’.

With The Tin Drum (1979), a film adaptation of Günter Grass’s 1959 novel, West Germany joined the Holocaust Film Industry, initiating the long rewriting of history that, today, has recast the German people as the victims of National Socialism rather than the perpetrators of the crimes of the Third Reich. Concurrent with this rewriting, neoliberalism — whose economic principles were first implemented in the post-war reconstruction of West Germany, were trialled from 1973 in Chile under the Pinochet dictatorship, from 1976 in Argentina under the military Junta, and implemented from 1979 in the UK under Margaret Thatcher and from 1981 in the USA under Ronald Reagan — set about equating German National Socialism with Soviet communism, and fascism with socialism in general.

Creating the West
By the 1980s, the ‘Holocaust’ had become the topic of big-budget Hollywood films, in which an audience of US Americans, and not merely Jews, were asked to identify with the victims of a European genocide perpetrated 40 years before. Marathon Man (1976), a US film distributed by Paramount Pictures, about a Jewish-American PhD student who gets embroiled in a Nazi plot in New York, and Sophie’s Choice (1982), a US film distributed by Universal Pictures, in which the tragedy of a Polish survivor of Auschwitz is trumped by the schizophrenia of a Whitmanesque all-American hero, set the template for this process of victim identification. Its political goal, encouraged by an almost guarantee of nominations and awards by film academies in the US, UK, France and Italy, was the ideological formation of ‘The West’ out of Western Europe and the United States, with Israel as its imperial outpost in the Middle East.

In the context of the Cold War and the neoliberalisation of Western capitalism, this ideological construct and the Holocaust Film Industry that helped create it sought nothing less than to erase the nation states of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact from the history of Europe. This was despite the fact — or perhaps because — most US Jews had emigrated from these countries, not during the 1930s and 40s but earlier, fleeing the pogroms of the 1880s and 1920.

The success of this project can be measured by the fact that, today, Russia — which fought on the side of the UK in two World Wars, to both of which the US arrived late once the victor was clear and with the sole purpose of establishing a military foothold in Europe that continues to this day — is now characterised as part of that nebulous object of contempt we call ‘The East’. A corrective to this re-writing of history was the Soviet Union’s Come and See (1985), a film which reminded those in the West who went to see it that the ‘Holocaust’ was overwhelmingly perpetrated against Eastern Europeans in Poland, the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, and killed far more non-Jews than Jews.

US Hegemony
The Holocaust Film Industry in the newly formed ‘West’ only really entered mass production, however, in the 1990s, following the dismantling of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the emergence of the United States as the lone global superpower. Since then, an extraordinary 344 ‘Holocaust’ films have been made, not only by the US but also by the UK, a unified Germany, France, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Poland, Hungary and the growing number of other NATO member states. That’s an average of 10 narrative and documentary films for cinema and television made every year for 34 years.

To export this merger of violence and self-pity that has since filled the imaginary space of Western cinema, Schindler’s List (US, 1993, with a $22 million budget), forged the template. Produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, that most Christian of Jewish film-makers, and distributed by Universal Pictures, Schindler’s List showed how the Shoah could be assimilated into the redemptive arc of both American narrative cinema and Christian sacrifice, and make a killing at the box-office doing so. 7 Academy Awards, 6 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, 7 BAFTAs and 3 Golden Globe Awards signalled, loud and clear, that the Holocaust Film Industry had hit its stride culturally and financially, but also politically.

With sustained financing, distribution and promotion, Schindler’s List was dutifully followed by a string of critical hits. Sunshine (Germany, Hungary and Canada, 1999, with a $26 million budget) followed the persecution of a Jewish family through three generations, stopping on the way to equate National Socialism with Soviet Communism. The Pianist (France, Germany, Poland, UK, 2002, $35 million) continued the characterisation of the Jewish victims of the ‘Holocaust’ in Western cinema as intellectuals, musicians and artists rather than the peasants butchered by Einsatzgruppen death squads on the Eastern Front, while characterising Wehrmacht officers as cultured victims of Hitler.

The Reader (US/Germany, 2008, $32 million) identified the war crimes of the past, rather than those being committed in the present, as the proper subject of international law. Inglourious Basterds (US, 2009, $70 million) was a revenge fantasy in which Jews serving in the US Army are a protoype for the Israel Defence Forces, with their identification of every German soldier as a ‘Nazi’ anticipating every Palestinian civilian being identified by the IDF as ‘Hamas’. Son of Saul (Hungary, 2015, $1.5 million) sought to redeem the extermination of millions of Jews through the power of Jewish faith, not only in their God but also, by implication, in the land he promised them.

Denial (US and UK, 2016, $10 million) was a character-assassination of David Irving, but by extension promoted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s equation, that same year, of criticism of the State of Israel with denial of the ‘Holocaust’. And, most recently, The Zone of Interest (UK, US and Poland, 2023, $15 million), to which I will return at the end of this article. As a measure of their promotion and success, between them these 7 films were nominated for 31 Academy Awards, 34 BAFTAs, and 21 Golden Globes.

Not all films were as successful, and less fêted productions since the 1990s include the TV film, The Man Who Captured Eichmann (US, 1996), The Grey Zone (US, 2001, $5 million), the Canadian mini-series, Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (US/UK, 2008, $12.5 million), The Man With the Iron Heart (French/Belgium 2017, $32 million), The Photographer of Mauthausen (Spain, 2018), Operation Finale (US, 2018, $24 million), Betrayed (Norway, 2020, $5.6 million), and One Life (UK, 2023, $48.3 million).

Hijacking the Holocaust
This list, of course, doesn’t include the hundreds of documentaries made about the ‘Holocaust’, most of which have multiple episodes lasting many hours, and which, repeatedly screened on our televisions, served to indoctrinate Western viewers into both the history of, and inherited guilt for, the ‘Holocaust’, while saying very little about the historical, political and legal conditions under which the systematic genocide of Jews was perpetrated, and nothing about its parallels with contemporary Palestine.

These include what are now canonical documentaries such as the early Night and Fog (France, 1956) and The Sorrow and the Pity (France, Switzerland and West Germany, 1969) — both of which will be known to US viewers, if at all, through jokes in Woody Allen films. Since the 1967 occupation of Palestine, The World at War (UK, 1973-74), whose 26 episodes last 22 hours and 32 minutes, was repeated in the UK in 1994, 2009 and continuously since 2011, was televised in the USA throughout the 1970s and also continuously since 2011, in Australia in 1975, South Africa in 1976, Denmark in 1976-77, and in Japan in 2007 and again in 2011. Other documentaries repeatedly screened on television and at film festivals include Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah (France, 1985), whose 9 hours and 30 minutes conclude with Jewish survivors of the Warsaw Uprising in contemporary Israel; and The Nazis: A Warning from History (UK, 1996), whose 6 episodes lasting 5 hours introduced a new generation of UK viewers to the ‘Holocaust’.

The Diary of Anne Frank alone, which was first published as a book in Holland in 1947, has had 27 film adaptations and documentaries made for cinema and television. 10 of these have been made by the United States, even though Frank was a German Jew who lived in Holland. 9 of these US-made films were produced since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories in 1967.

Indeed, so ubiquitous has the Holocaust Film Industry become that, in a self-reflexive turn, in 2004 the US released Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust, a documentary for cable television that looked back on the history of ‘Holocaust’ films and their impact on public perception. Again, though, this was restricted to Europe’s past and not how the ‘Holocaust’ was being used to justify the West’s foreign policy on the Middle-Eastern present, or the ongoing war crimes being committed by the apartheid State of Israel.

Finally, in addition to these explicitly ‘Holocaust’ films, there are the even larger number of films made about the Second World War, which without explicitly referencing the ‘Holocaust’ are set within its shadow. Generation War (Germany, 2013), for example, which doesn’t appear on Wikipedia’s ‘List of Holocaust films’, received huge coverage in the media — not least for its ahistorical representation of Jewish-German relations under the Third Reich — and continued the transformation of the German people from perpetrators into victims.

Parallel with this revisionist history, the huge number of Hollywood films, television series and documentaries about US engagement in the Second World War have created the opinion, now held by most Westerners, that it was the United States, and not the Soviet Union, that defeated the Third Reich — with a little help from the forever loyal United Kingdom.

Hollywood Zionism
Of the five major film studios in the USA today — Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures — the first three were founded by Jewish immigrants from Europe. And although all three are now subsidiaries of multinational telecommunications, mass media and entertainment conglomerates, the US film industry still has a disproportionate number of Jews in positions of creative influence and financial power. Although stating the fact is now automatically denounced as ‘anti-Semitic’, one might expect them to have an interest in excusing the crimes of Israel by propagating the Zionist narrative that Jews (7.6 million of whom live in the USA) are not safe outside the Promised Land of God’s Chosen People.

Hollywood, however, made $9 billion last year out of a global box office of $42 billion, and its multi-million-dollar films aren’t expressions of the religion or politics of individuals in the industry, no matter how powerful or influential. As its history demonstrates, the Holocaust Film Industry is a product of US foreign policy — initially in the Cold War and then of US imperialism in the Middle East. That policy has been to use Israel as an excuse and platform for military invasion and regime change, starting, of course, in Palestine itself (1948), but continuing in Syria (1949), in Iran (1953), in Egypt (1956), in Iraq (1959 and 1963), in Afghanistan (since 1979), in Lebanon (1982), in Kuwait (1991), in Iraq (1991 and 2003), in Syria (from 2005), in Palestine (2006), in Libya (2011), in Gaza (2023) and, it appears, in Iran again.

Of course, films are also made about the occupation of Palestine by the State of Israel and the genocide of the Palestinian people; but they aren’t made in Hollywood studios starring Hollywood actors. They aren’t produced by Amazon or Netflix, distributed by Universal, Paramount or Warner Brothers, or shown on television by the BBC or ZDF. They aren’t promoted by Zionist film critics in The New York Times, The Guardian or Der Spiegel. And they aren’t nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, Silver Lion or Palme d’Or. They are — and above all for the carefully curated and censored viewing habits of Western viewers — buried in the dross of superhero films and reality television.

Contested Meanings
So, no, it shouldn’t surprise us to see two ‘Holocaust’ films released in the middle of the Gazan genocide. It did surprise me, however, that the director of The Zone of Interest, Jonathan Glazer, was also the director of the brilliant Sexy Beast (2000) and Under the Skin (2013), the latter of which is one of the most original films to come out of the otherwise consistently infantile British film industry in decades. When I heard Glazer that had made another ‘Holocaust’ film, I felt the same way as I did when Tom Stoppard, one of my favourite playwrights, announced in 2019 that he was writing a play about the ‘Holocaust’, Leopoldstadt — as if that was what the people of Palestine needed then, let alone now. It didn’t surprise me, therefore, when Stoppard’s name appeared at the head of the Zionist ‘October Declaration’ published last year by the British Friends of Israel, whose litany of lies, manipulation and demands for censorship I’ve discussed elsewhere.

A live performance of Leopoldstadt was screened in over 380 cinemas on Holocaust
Glazer, at least, has tried to anticipate my criticisms with his denunciation, at the Academy Awards Ceremony last month, of those he accused of having ‘hijacked the Holocaust’ to justify the occupation of Palestine. Unsurprisingly — and as a measure of the influence Jews still have in Hollywood — over 1,000 Jewish Hollywood professionals, including actors, executives, directors and producers, immediately published an open letter denouncing Glazer’s statement, claimed it fuelled anti-Semitism, denied that Palestine is occupied, condemned any comparison between contemporary Israel and the Third Reich, and explicitly cited Israel as a Jewish refuge from the ‘Holocaust’. To their credit, this was met by a counter letter, signed by over 150 Jewish Hollywood professionals, in support of Glazer’s speech.

Unfortunately for their directors, producers, writers and actors — if not for the rest of us — the meaning of films and plays doesn’t lie within their hands but in the historical context in which the meaning of a dramatic work emerges and takes shape within a given culture. And within Western capitalism right now, every Zionist is citing The Zone of Interest not as a criticism of the apartheid State of Israel and its systematic dehumanisation and murder of the Palestinian people, but as justification for its liquidation of the Gaza concentration camp.

The Zone of Interest
Giving Glazer the benefit of the doubt he’s earned with his previous films, and because I’ve seen pretty much every other film I’ve mentioned in this article, I went, reluctantly, to see The Zone of Interest. Loosely based on Martin Amis’s 2014 book of the same title, it’s an interesting film for about two-thirds of the way through, during which it’s theme is the wall dividing the zone in which the family of Rudolf Höss, the commandant of Auschwitz, lives — which it depicts in all the banality of its evil — from the zone of the prisoner portion of the camp. This latter is only occasionally glimpsed in the smoke from an arriving transport train, the cloud of smoke and flame rising from the crematoria chimneys, and the constant sounds of shouting guards, screaming prisoners, the churn of machinery and, ever so often, a gun being fired. Since so many films have been made about the ‘Holocaust’, the implication is that we already know what these are metonyms for, and there is no need to show them again. The wall between the Höss family and the prisoners is therefore repeated between the audience watching the film and what it doesn’t show us.

As a theme, this zone is ideally suited to the medium of film, and has parallels with much of the contemporary world, in which walls and zones are being built and delineated around, between and within us at an alarming rate, not least in the imminent imposition of 15-minute cities and the panopticon of surveillance technology transforming the space of the global biosecurity state into a digital camp. In this respect, Glazer’s claim, in his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, that the film is not only about Auschwitz and ‘what we did then’, but also about ‘what we do now’, has some validity.

Where the film relinquishes this claim is when it leaves the domestic space of the Höss household and follows him, following his demotion, to Berlin, where he fights to be reinstated as the commandant in time for the transportation of the Hungarian Jews. Here the film becomes a documentary-drama about the life of the historical commandant of Auschwitz. This transition is completed when, in what for me is the film’s disastrous ending, we fast forward to the present day to be shown the by now clichéd images of the discarded shoes, prosthetic limbs, gas chambers and crematoria as they are cleaned by the staff at what is now the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

I take Glazer’s point — that the transformation of Auschwitz into a stop on the ‘Holocaust’ tourist trail has, in some respects, recreated the zone that allowed Höss and the other SS guards to live next door to hell on earth. Just as the State of Israel includes the occupied Palestinian territories, so too Auschwitz included the residential quarters of the SS guards. The boundaries of a camp don’t stop at the barracks in which prisoners are housed, the factories in which they work or the ground on which they are killed, but include, also, the residences of the camp’s administrative staff and their families. Today, the Jews of Israel are no longer the prisoners and have now become the guards, but they are still living in a camp, in which walls still divide the Chosen People from the Untermenschen. But the images Glazer puts on the screen aren’t up to the job of conveying this, neither the banality nor the evil, then or now. More disastrously, his film is very quickly reduced from what was a very attentive study and evocative representation of the zones of dehumanisation that surround evil — not only in Auschwitz but also in Gaza — into what can only be described as ‘yet another Holocaust film’.

History of a Genocide
Glazer began development for The Zone of Interest in 2014. The project was formally announced in 2019, and filming began in the summer of 2021. So he had a long time to think about not only what kind of film he wanted to make but why he wanted to make it.

Parallel with this development, in 2014 alone the Israel Defence Forces killed 2,250 Palestinians in its air assault on the Gaza Strip. At the time, this was the deadliest attack in decades, although it has since been far surpassed. 550 of those killed were children, 299 were women. A further 11,500 Palestinians were injured in the attacks.

Then in May 2021, the IDF bombed the Gaza Strip for 11 consecutive days, killing 259 Palestinians, including 66 children and 41 women, and injuring 2,211. In addition, 6 hospitals and 11 medical clinics were destroyed, some 53 schools, a bookshop that held an estimated 100,000 books, as well as 1,042 homes and commercial units in 258 buildings, including 4 residential tower blocks. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated that, as a result of these strikes, 72,000 Palestinians in Gaza were displaced. At the end of the month, Israeli police arrested 348 Palestinians. In August, during mass protests along the Gaza barrier, a further 40 Palestinians were injured; but the protests continued into September, and several more Palestinians were killed by the IDF.

At which point in this summer of slaughter did Jonathan Glazer and the production team then filming in the grounds of the Auschwitz I camp — and which included its financer, the Ukrainian-born Jew and oligarch, Leonard Blavatnik, who after Glazer’s speech reaffirmed his support for the State of Israel — ask themselves whether this was the ‘zone of interest’ they should be making a film about?[2] Did they ask that question? And if they did, why didn’t they ask it before — say in 2014, at the beginning of the project, or, indeed, at any other time over the last 76 years of Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine?

Even before the current liquidation of the Gaza concentration camp, between January 2008 and September 2023, some 6,621 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and in Israel itself were killed by the Israel Defence Forces, including 1,490 children and 627 women. A further 156,230 Palestinians were wounded. From the total Palestinian population of roughly 5.8 million in Israel and the Occupied Territories, that’s 1 in 880 that were killed before 7 October, 2023, and an astonishing 1 in 37 that were wounded or injured by the Israel Defense Forces.

If the production team for The Zone of Interest did ask why they wanted to make this film, what was it that made them think that, yes, what the world needs now is another Holocaust film, and not, for instance, a film about the security wall and 300-metre buffer zone around the Gaza Strip, within which Gazans are shot on sight by Israeli soldiers; or the wall around the West Bank, through which Palestinians worling in Israel are herded like animals; or the security fences between the Jewish settler towns and the Palestinian villages; or a film about how the Israelis are able to live as close to their own Untermenschen as the family of Rudolf Höss did to theirs?

If Glazer’s film, as he claimed at the Academy Awards, is about ‘where dehumanisation leads at its worst’ and, I would add, how it allows crimes against humanity to be committed — as they were by the SS, as they are today by the Israel Defense Forces — with a clear conscience and free from legal consequences — I would not be alone in suggesting that there are far more recent and more politically relevant examples of such dehumanisation, and ones, moreover, that have had far less funding, distribution and awards devoted to them than the 494 films about the ‘Holocaust’.

Personally, the zone in which I have the greatest interest is the one that allowed young Israelis, on 6 October 2023, to dance at the Re’im music festival within 5 kilometres of the security wall around the Gaza concentration camp. That’s about the same distance as the Dachau subcamps were from Landsberg am Lech in Nazi Germany, whose civilians were forced by the US soldiers who had liberated the concentration camp to view what went on there.

Indeed, the estimated 41,500 communists, social democrats and Jews who were killed in Dachau in the 12 years between March 1933 and April 1945 has been surpassed by the 42,500 Palestinians killed in Gaza in the less than 7 months since October 2023. If a filmmaker could document this zone and the wall that separates such cruelty and inhumanity from a joy that bursts into dancing, that’s a film I would like to see.

I can think of two reasons why Glazer, rather than making such a film, chose instead to make The Zone of Interest. One is that, as another contribution to the Holocaust Film Industry, such a film would be guaranteed funding, distribution and awards, all of which it has received. The other is that, as a British Ashkenazi Jew of Ukrainian and Lithuanian descent, Glazer felt pressured — perhaps psychologically and presumably ideologically — to make his contribution to the Zionist project, and as a filmmaker that meant ‘another Holocaust film’.

The first reason makes Glazer a tool of the Holocaust Film Industry, and in my view leaves a stain on his exceptional work on Under the Skin. The second reason makes him, like Tom Stoppard, an apologist for genocide — a modern-day Leni Riefenstahl, the Nazi filmmaker and propagandist. Perhaps worse, it makes Glazer an apologist for US imperialism in the Middle East, which — with the support of the yapping UK lapdog — is currently drawing the West into a Third World War. Unlike Riefenstahl, however, Glazer can’t claim in his defence ‘how could we have known?’ The genocide of the Palestinians by the apartheid and now fascist State of Israel has been documented over the 76 years of its existence — although not by film-makers like him.

Instead, I imagine that, as the steady slaughter of Palestinians by the State of Israel broke into the military genocide of the past 6 months, Glazer and his producers desperately searched for a justification for releasing ‘another Holocaust film’ at such a time. His apologetic speech at the Academy Awards was what they came up with. But I, for one, am not buying it. The Zone of Interest has its qualities, but this film should never have been made. More than a stain on his own career and creative independence as a director, it’s an insult to the Palestinian people — a Star of David projected over the shrouds in which they wrap their dead.

I am not advocating a boycott, for the ignorance of the virtuous is another legacy of fascism our governments and culture industries have revived today. But before you go and see the latest products of the Holocaust Film Industry in The Zone of Interest or One Life — or follow Netflix’s suggestion that you re-watch through teary eyes as ‘Schindler’s Jews’ place a stone on his grave on Israel’s Mount Zion, or imagine yourself in Adrien Brody’s shoes as he walks through the ruins of 1945 Warsaw to which contemporary Gaza bears such a striking resemblance — don’t forget how the most powerful organ of propaganda the world has ever seen is manipulating you into supporting the theft of the land and genocide of the people of Palestine by the apartheid State of Israel.

For 84 years, the declared reason for the Holocaust Film Industry and its vast apparatus of funding, distribution, critical acclaim and awards has been ‘never again’. But the sanctification of the Shoah by Hollywood and other film industries of the West serves a very different political purpose today. No matter what and how many atrocities the State of Israel commits against the Palestinian people, Zionists can (and do) claim that it’s ‘not comparable’ to the ‘Holocaust’, and therefore, in their eyes, justified. We’ve seen this most recently in the repeated attempts by Zionists to refute the estimates of the killed and wounded in Gaza released by Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, as though 30,000 dead would be an acceptable death toll whereas 42,000 is an obvious Hamas lie. Every official memorialisation of the past is an enjoinder — made with varying degrees of bribery and threats — to forget what is happening in the present. This, and not remembering the victims, is the ultimate function of the Holocaust Industry in Film. Remember Palestine.


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  1. The 'Holocaust' is the most successful, profitable, Propaganda Campaign, SCAM. in the History of the Human Race!


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