I just got back from seeing “The Woman in Gold” with m-azing. I’ve honestly never seen a movie properly depict what it feels like to be a Jew in relation to the Holocaust before.
Most movies about the Holocaust tend to show only what it looks like for the generation that directly experienced it. But that generation is dying, and soon there will be no one left who can remember it besides us, their children. That’s a big thing in Judaism, actually–memories that are passed down throughout generations. There’s a scene in the movie where the protagonist’s family tells her to remember them, and that’s part of what being a Jew is: carrying that memory with you.
There’s another moment in the film where the protagonist, a Jewish woman who fled Nazi Austria, is told by a random man in the street that her sort of people make a big deal about the Holocaust, and that not everything’s about that. But then I think about Preservation Day, when I received a death threat from a URL called “shower-kikes” that said “looks like this kike is already ready for a shower”. That means, for those of you who don’t understand, ready for the gas chamber. They’ve since deleted their blog, not from tumblr’s action against them, but so that they cannot be blocked by me or other Jewish blogs when they send us their hate. So no, it’s not always about the Holocaust. But there are still people out there who hate us, who want to hurt us, or who hurt us simply through inaction.
I tend not to talk about my Judaism a lot on social media platforms. It’s the sort of thing where you’d know it if you’ve known me for a little while. But it’s such an important part of me, and in these times it’s important to come together as a community. This movie couldn’t have been better timed.
tl;dr this movie was great and made me cry a lot. I’m still crying now.