Stalags were pocket books whose plots revealed lusty female SS officers sexually abusing camp prisoners. During the 1960s, parallel to the trial held against Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, sales of this pornographic literature broke all records in Israel and hundreds of thousands of copies were sold at kiosks. The popularity of the Stalags only declined after a much-reported trial, in which their authors were accused of distributing anti-Semitic pornography. This film examines the notorious phenomenon, exposing the creators of this genre for the first time. It posits that the combination of pornography and the Holocaust also appears in canonic Holocaust litrature and continues to be a widespread part of the representation of the Holocaust in Israel today.Written by
Heymann Brothers Films
A documentary of two halves. In the first about thirty minutes it chronicles the "Stalags", Israeli pulp fiction from the 1960s which dealt with Allied soldiers being captured by the Nazis, then sent to prison camps run by foxy female SS guards, where various sexual escapades would ensue -- usually the prisoners would first be tormented by the "she wolves", then they would get even by abusing and raping them in turn. Creepy, maybe, but let me say for those books that they had fantastic artwork on their covers! Interestingly, considering those exploitation stories appeared in Israel, the stories did not deal with Jewish prisoners and concentration camps.
In its second half the movie it changes tack and deals with the larger issue of exploitative and sexualised descriptions of the Holocaust, in particular with Ka-Tzetnik's questionable House Of Dolls. Frankly I didn't know about this issue and consequently was somewhat overwhelmed. Apparently Ka-Tzetnik, the pseudonym of a Auschwitz survivor turned prolific author on the Holocaust and witness at the Eichmann trial, wrote a bestseller about Jewesses being held by the Nazis as prostitutes for their soldiers (the so-called "Feld-Huren"). This second half was interesting, but dealt too much with Israeli "inside" politics and culture and was consequently too much for me to chew.
Far less garish than its marketing and worth watching if you're interested in Israeli popular culture.
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