An Israeli documentary chronicles a real-life relationship between an Auschwitz prisoner and an SS officer
December 10, 2021
(JTA) - "Nazisploitation," a pop-culture subgenre that draws on imagery and stories from the Holocaust for winkingly perverse entertainment, is built around the idea that there are bad-taste ways to interpret an incomparable tragedy that can nevertheless prove enlightening.
The form reached its apex - or, depending on your vantage, its nadir - with films about forbidden love affairs between Nazis and Jews, or Nazis and other survivors of their brutality. In one notable, and polarizing example, the 1974 erotic Italian drama "The Night Porter," a concentration camp survivor tracks down her...