'He is telling us fairytales': parental anxiety and wartime childhood in Life is Beautiful,The Boy in Striped Pyjamas and Fairytales from Auschwitz

Gildersleeve, Jessica and Batorowicz, Beata (2017) 'He is telling us fairytales': parental anxiety and wartime childhood in Life is Beautiful,The Boy in Striped Pyjamas and Fairytales from Auschwitz. Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History. 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 Pyjamas' (2008) parent 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 In contrast, the historical document 'Fairy Tales from Auschwitz' does not deny the horrific reality of life in the camp, but uses the fairy tale genre as a reassurance of morality and survival.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
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online 22 June 2017. Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2017 05:40
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2017 05:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: children; holocaust; film; fairy tales; parent-child relationship; anxiety; trauma
Fields of Research : 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1999 Other Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190104 Visual Cultures
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200599 Literary Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/17504902.2017.1340074
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33261

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