Hollywood is completely obsessed with the Holocaust. Partly because of its own Jewishness, also the reason why, among other things, Hollywood so rarely depicts God. Partly because the Holocaust didn’t happen in America (unlike slavery, or the genocide of the Native Americans), or with direct American participation or collusion. And partly because, as with the saturation teaching of the Holocaust in British schools, there is no doubt who are the bad guys, therefore who are the good guys, and which side splendidly triumphs in the end.
But nor is there any moral ambivalence about Stalin’s Purges, or Mao’s Cultural Revolution, or a whole host of other things. And they didn’t happen in, or with the participation or collusion of, America, either. Is the shadow of McCarthyism still so long, that the treatment of those who were even so much as accused of certain sympathies still places those sympathies themselves beyond reproach?
Nor is anything ever made about the ongoing global persecution of Christians, perhaps because much of that is a result of at least American-backed (and British-backed) policies in Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Nagorno-Karabakh, Iraq, Israel, the West Bank, and elsewhere.
The answer, I am afraid, lies in how Hollywood depicts the Holocaust. The Holocaust of, say, the Gypsies, or the Jehovah’s Witnesses (of whom in Germany Hitler killed every single one), or numerous others has never, that I can recall, received the big budget blockbuster treatment.
The life of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) would make a wonderful film, but it is precisely her Jewish ethnicity that is the problem. The life of Saint Maximillian Kolbe stands no chance. The anti-Zionism of both the Orthodox and many of the Communist or Socialist Jewish victims is also left unmentioned, as is the fact that the Zionist project in Palestine was already several decades old by then, and spent the War fighting against Hitler’s enemies while trying to do deals with him.
And the impact of this on popular culture, not only in America but throughout the world, is almost impossible to overstate.