Holocaust fictional descriptions

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Holocaust revisionists argue that the general public's view on the Holocaust is often influenced by Holocaust fictional descriptions, especially in fictional movies and TV series. These fictional descriptions make no official claims to be factually accurate regarding the Holocaust (even regarding adherence to the claimed facts of the politically correct standardized version), but the general public is often given the impression that the depictions of the Holocaust and German cruelty are factually true.

See The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (film) on the large effect a fictional film can have on people's beliefs about real-life history, in this case criticized by politically correct sources as causing not politically correct beliefs on the Holocaust.

Some fictional descriptions claim to be "based on" or "inspired" by actual events, but this does not guarantee factual accurateness, even regarding adherence to the claimed facts of the politically correct standardized version.

One example of fictional depictions not adhering to the politically correct standardized version is by often incorrectly giving the impression that Jews were the only group imprisoned in the Holocaust camps, increasing the impression of Jewish Holocaust uniqueness.

Another example is ignoring or downplaying the role of prisoner supervisors of other prisoners, the kapos and the Jewish Ghetto Police, which even politically correct sources state committed many crimes.

A well-known fictional depiction is the movie Schindler's List, which even attempts to give the impression of being documentary, by methods such as being filmed in black-and-white and with unsteady camera work. It is also one example of fiction being used in Holocaust education, with the fictional movie having been shown to many school classes.

Another especially influential depiction is Holocaust (miniseries).

The most depicted Jew may be Anne Frank, with there being a minor industry of movies, television series, stage adaptions, exhibitions, and books on her.

Fictional Hollywood descriptions are often given prizes and awards. A 2015 article stated that "Beginning with the 1959 movie The Diary of Anne Frank, there have been 22 Oscar nominees that, in one way or another represented the Holocaust, and since Shelley Winters won for Best Supporting Actress in 1959, 20 of these movies garnered at least one Academy Award."[1]

In addition to fictional media having the Holocaust as its main focus, the Holocaust is depicted more briefly in many other fictional media.

Related is that almost every fictional depiction of a "Nazi" or "Neo-Nazi", even if the fiction does not involve the Holocaust, depicts these Germans as sadistically cruel, apparently due to unexplained evilness. This also applies to fictional depictions that do not directly depict but instead "allude" to "Nazis", such as Star Wars and Harry Potter.

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