Saturday, August 16, 2014
Generation War from Netflix
Bieganski the Blog exists to further explore the themes of the book Bieganski the Brute Polak Stereotype, Its Role in Polish-Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture.
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This was an excellent review, and along with the one at the Daily Beast, was critical, but very fair.
as you know, there were protests from Polish organisations before this series even appeared here in the UK, and the BBC, to their credit, did air a discussion programme afterwards which debated the merits of the film
They also broadcast Agnieszka Holland's excellent 'in Darkness' not so long ago. Unfortunately, this was not accompanied by the kind of publicity which the German series received and went out on one of the less popular channels - and Holland's film does not really compare in terms of the kind of wartime action sequences which some viewers find so compelling - but at least it presented the Polish viewpoint.
I have to correct my own comment. I've just re-read the review at the Daily Beast and there is one phrase of theirs that I do take exception to: the charge of "ubiquitous Polish anti-Semitism". Otherwise the review is very perceptive.ReplyDelete
The attempt to portray Germans as some kind victims of the circumstances, and of de-legitimizing Poland, did not begin with the Nazis, much less today. These tendencies in German thinking go back many centuries. The detailed review of one book that examines these matters can be seen by clicking on my name in this specific posting.ReplyDelete