“One does not imagine the unimaginable.
And in particular, one does not show it on screen.”

Elie Wiesel
Quoted in History on Film / Film on History
by Robert A. Rosentone (2006)


Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor. Why do you think he might have said this?
To what extent do you agree or disagree?



As you watch a film set during the Holocaust, you should be mindful of the choices made by the filmmakers. Try to think about the following ideas as you watch the film:

Take a look at this prompt sheet for more questions to think about as you watch the film.


It is essential that your viewing of a film about the Holocaust is rooted in an understanding of the historical context.
This timeline offers an overview of the period.

In order to judge whether or not a film is an authentic representation of the period, you must have some understanding of the history. The Holocaust: A Guide for Students and Teachers is an excellent place to start.