Remember the Women Institute, which has been at the forefront of efforts to raise awareness about sexual violence against women during the Holocaust, believes it’s significant that Obama chose this week at the Holocaust Museum to make his statement about “the horror of wartime sexual violence.”
Even today, some scholars don’t want to acknowledge that various forms of sexual violence occurred during the Holocaust. The shame that sexually violated women feel for their entire lives has silenced many survivors, and the Nazis and their collaborators permanently silenced other victims by murdering them immediately after violating them.
“In Darkness,” an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film, is a harrowing Holocaust drama directed by Agnieszka Holland, one of Poland’s finest filmmakers.
She focuses on intimate and ordinary interactions among desperate people struggling to survive Nazi persecution, living in darkness, amid detritus and vermin, to avoid even worse horrors in the streets above. Within this subterranean scene, with its excruciatingly oppressive atmosphere, there is a moving sub-plot about young love. - Jennifer Merin