'He is telling us fairy tales': parental anxiety and wartime childhood in Life is beautiful, The Boy in the striped pajamas and Fairy tales from Auschwitz

Gildersleeve, Jessica and Batorowicz, Beata (2018) 'He is telling us fairy tales': parental anxiety and wartime childhood in Life is beautiful, The Boy in the striped pajamas and Fairy tales from Auschwitz. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, 24 (1). pp. 26-44. ISSN 1750-4902

Abstract

This essay explores the stories and lies told to children during the Holocaust, and how these operate as forms of preparation and protection within and outside the narrative. In Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful (1997) and Mark Herman’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008) parents seek to protect children from the knowledge of war, but this prevents anxiety-preparation. In contrast, the historical document Fairy Tales from Auschwitz does not deny the horrific reality of life in the camp, but uses the fairy tale genre as a reassurance of morality and survival.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2017 22:14
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2018 23:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: children; holocaust; film; fairy tales; parent–child relationship; anxiety; trauma
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media > 190204 Film and Television
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950504 Understanding Europe's Past
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/17504902.2017.1340074
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/32643

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