During World War II Poland lost more than six million people,
including about three million Polish Jews who perished in the
ghettos and extermination camps built by Nazi Germany in occupied
Polish territories. This book is the first to address the
representation of the Holocaust in Polish film and does so through
a detailed treatment of several films, which the author frames in
relation to the political, ideological, and cultural contexts of
the times in which they were created. Following the chronological
development of Polish Holocaust films, the book begins with two
early classics: Wanda JakubowskaOCOs The Last Stage (1948) and
Aleksander FordOCOs Border Street (1949), and next explores the
Polish School period, represented by Andrzej WajdaOCOs A Generation
(1955) and Andrzej MunkOCOs The Passenger (1963). Between 1965 and
1980 there was an OC organized silenceOCO regarding sensitive
Polish-Jewish relations resulting in only a few relevant films
until the return of democracy in 1989 when an increasing number
were made, among them Krzysztof KieslowskiOCOs Decalogue 8 (1988),
Andrzej WajdaOCOs Korczak (1990), Jan Jakub KolskiOCOs Keep Away
from the Window (2000), and Roman PolanskiOCOsaThe Pianista(2002).
An important contribution to film studies, this book has wider
relevance in addressing the issue of PolandOCOs national
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