Vigilante vigilante and chicken soup |  Jewish general

Vigilante vigilante and chicken soup | Jewish general

This series is bold and sensational even before you start playing the pilot episode. » Told based on real events Hunters the story of a savage gang of Nazi hunters in 1977 New York,” reads the Amazon Prime Video streaming service, which recently aired the series’ first season.

The first episode picks up immediately with a series of cold-blooded murders committed in the middle of a light barbecue by a Nazi hiding in America. The brutal opening scene sets the tone.

shiwe In what follows, the viewer meets young Brooklyn Jew Jonah Heidelbaum (Logan Lerman), who, after being subjected to anti-Semitic slurs and beatings, witnesses the murder of his grandmother in his home.

As he sat in silence, Jonah encounters the gray-haired, demure-looking Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino), who reveals to the grieving young man that he was in Auschwitz with his grandmother. The main protagonists of the series are thus presented.

The bold marking of Jewish characters is surprisingly awkward for an American series.

Another murder occurs. In between, chicken soup is eaten, quotes from the Talmud, and star of David chains zoom. The bold marking of Jewish characters is surprisingly awkward for an American series.

Events follow one another. A conspiracy takes shape that reaches political Washington. “When our heroes discover there are hundreds of fugitive Nazis living in America, they do what tough vengeful vigilantes do: they embark on a bloody path of revenge,” says Amazon Prime Video.

statements Already in the pilot episode, the sensationalism was so exaggerated that the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum felt compelled to issue a harsh statement on Twitter last Sunday.

In one scene, Meyer Offerman, leaning over a chessboard, tells Jonah about an incident he observed at Auschwitz. The direction translates the story into drastic images.

Whoever is defeated as a character in this sadistic game must die.

According to Offerman, the Nazis herded prisoners into a clearing where a giant chessboard had previously been laid out. The prisoners should have acted like chess pieces. According to the story, they were led by a Nazi henchman and a prisoner on whom the Nazis wanted revenge for previous chess defeats. Whoever is defeated as a character in this sadistic game must die.

fake Paweł Sawicki, spokesperson for the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, clarified in an interview with the Jewish general: “That never happened. It’s just a lie, a fake story.”

The memorial wrote on Twitter that the invention of the chess scene was not just dangerous stupidity and caricature. This opens the door to future deniers.

The fictional chess scene may seem real to some viewers.

Auschwitz is an authentic place, underlines the spokesperson of the Sawicki memorial site. “When you decide to put a real place in a documentary, a book or a feature film, there is a responsibility on the part of the writers,” he says.

falsification The problem for Sawicki is that the fictional chess scene might seem real to some viewers. Generally speaking, the falsification of history is becoming an increasing challenge for the Auschwitz Memorial.

The Holocaust, twisted and tied into daring action entertainment: is it Hunters a striking sign of the incipient decline of the culture of memory?