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The Devil's Arithmetic (1999)

A 16-year-old American girl with an apathetic view towards her Jewish family history finds herself pulled through time into 1941 to a small Polish village where the Nazi have just began their genocidal propaganda.

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This is another telling of the holocaust, but this time from the perspective of a modern teenage girl who only grudgingly accepts the Jewish traditions, but when she is asked to "open the front door" as part of the Seder feast finds herself, not unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, to have entered the 1940's and has stepped into the life of a prisoner in one of the German death camps where she experiences all of its horrors firsthand. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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La aritmética del diablo  »

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This movie is the second movie that Kirsten Dunst and Brittany Murphy both stared together in. The first Drop Dead Gorgeous. See more »

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Rivkah: Which is worse, knowing or not knowing?
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Idea is good, but it is not enough...
17 March 2009 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

I just have watched this film and I must say: "I didn't like it". OK, the idea behind it is good, but that is not enough. The film hardly shows nightmare of the camps. I was in Auschwitz, in Majdanek, in Treblinka. For me it seems like director have never seen any of them and only heard about.

The film also simplifies everything. There is no background. We know nothing about situation. Someone told before that during WW2 6 million Jews died. Yes, that is true, but during this war also 6 million Poles died... And what is important: half of the killed Jews were Poles (which means that half of the killed Poles were Jews). I personally know people who survived war in Poland. In their tales almost nothing is black or white. Everything is gray... Sometimes Jews killed Jews while Poles, risking their lives, helped Jews. But sometimes Poles killed Jews while German officers helped Jews. These were dark times and this film doesn't show the tragedy of the second world war or the Holocaust.

The film hasn't moved me. I was not far from turning my computer off before the end of the film. I think that we can't understand what it was like in the camps. I believe though, that film (as part of mass-media) has tools to show everyone that it was so terrible, that it's not understandable for us. This film didn't make use of this tools.


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