What, exactly, was the Kate Winslet character’s “personal triumph”? While in prison for participation in an act of mass murder that was particularly gruesome and personal, given the generally impersonal extermination process—as a death camp guard, she helped ensure 300 Jewish women locked in a burning church would die in the fire—she taught herself to read! What a heartwarming fable about the wonders of literacy and its ability to improve the life of an Auschwitz mass murderer!
I have to admit I’m a big fan of Ron Rosenbaum’s Slate columns — especially when the subtitle includes “The worst [fill in the blank] ever.” This is an engaging analysis about the Hollywood trend to make implausible happy-end Holocaus stories. I recommend it highly.