"Inglourious Basterds" and the problem of Jew identification
I went to see the recently-released movie "Inglourious Basterds" -- a holocaust-themed movie -- because I wanted to see how it handled the problem of Nazi identification of Jews and non-Jews in the holocaust. I have long contended that a "systematic" Jewish holocaust was impossible because the Nazis had no objective and reliable ways of identifying Jews and non-Jews. Of course, the movie glosses over this problem of Jew identification -- the Jewish characters in the movie don't even look Jewish. Also, the movie begins with Nazis hunting Jewish farmers in the French countryside; if you are going to exterminate six-million Jews, you can't afford to spend much time hunting individual Jews.
The movie begins with a lot of pointless atrocities which to me did not really contribute to the movie, but the movie later has a lot of good suspense.
It was very sad about Shosanna and Frederick (pictured) -- in different circumstances, they could have had a very good relationship.
According to this article, the proliferation of holocaust-themed movies has reached the saturation point.
If you have not seen the movie, I recommend that you don't read the Wikipedia article about it, as that article will spoil the plot.
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