Tal Sterngast (artist and filmmaker, Berlin) and Manfred Hermes (freelance author, Berlin) talk about Jewish revenge after the Shoah based on film examples.
In Quentin Tarantino’s movie Inglourious Basterds (2009), a broad audience took pleasure in an imaginary revenge campaign against the perpetrators of the Shoah.
Since the beginning of artistic dealings with the ‘final solution,’ Jewish revenge has been present as a cinematographic topos, even if not in such an unambiguous manner as in Inglourious Basterds. When talk is of revenge after the Shoah, questions of law, justice, resistance, and retribution are also always raised. At the same time, the anti-Semitic myth of ‘old Testament revenge’ also arises. How have filmmakers treated this topic since the end of the Second World War? Can cinematographic images themselves unfold a moment of vengeance?
In their lectures, Tal Sterngast and Manfred Hermes elucidate facets of the topos of revenge based on examples from the TV series Twilight Zone and feature films by Artur Brauner, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Quentin Tarantino.