An Old Film Through New Lenses

@DWDavis (15874)
Pikeville, North Carolina
February 1, 2016 8:41pm CST
While channel surfing the other night K and I came across "Fiddler on the Roof." As you may know, this movie is set in Ukraine in 1903-1906, when Ukraine was part of Imperial Russia. This is a particularly interesting time in world history, though mostly ignored by people in the United States. When I was a young man I did not watch "Fiddler on the Roof" because I thought it would be a boring movie with lots of singing and dancing and romance and guys fiddling on roofs. With all I have learned in the past several years, I watched it tonight through a very different set of lenses. I watched it with an understanding of the times that made the events of the movie much more poignant and meaningful than they might have been. K asked me if Jews were really that mistreated in Czarist Russian in those times. I told her what we saw in the movie was mild compared to the real thing. Hitler and the Nazis are justifiably vilified for their treatment of the Jews, but the Czar, and after him, the Communists, could have given Hitler lessons on how to persecute people, Jewish and otherwise. Now we have someone seeking the highest office in our country whose rhetoric seems to echo some of those same sentiments, only toward a different group of people. Do you think it possible that pogroms against Muslims in the US could ever occur?
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@TRBRocks420 (86129)
• Banks, Oregon
2 Feb 16
No I don't think it could happen, as far as I am aware the US is not against Muslims, they are against terrorists, also what Hitler did to the Jews wasn't even provoked, he was just a psychotic maniac, who wanted to take over the world.
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@DWDavis (15874)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
2 Feb 16
When I look back at Executive Order 9066, which led to the internment of tens of thousand of American citizens of Japanese descent, I have to wonder. You are right about Hitler however. While a certain Presidential candidate may be something of a Mussolini, he is no Hitler, and I don't think he could stir up the nation against Muslims like Hitler did against Jews and other "undesirables."
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@TRBRocks420 (86129)
• Banks, Oregon
2 Feb 16
@DWDavis You're right what we did to the Japanese wasn't right at all and, pretty shameful, but it was provoked by pearl harbor, even though the innocent people we took from their homes had nothing to do with it.
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@LoriAMoore (4709)
• United States
4 Feb 16
I've never seen that movie.
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@DWDavis (15874)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 Feb 16
I still might not have watched it if not for my younger son's encouragement to do so. He saw a stage version in Durham and the story made a strong impression on him.
@JudyEv (142064)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Feb 16
I think it is quite possible. No generation seems to learn much from the one before. It seems each generation has to make its own mistakes.
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@DWDavis (15874)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 Feb 16
Two world wars within twenty years in the last century prove this to be all too true.
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@Poppylicious (10092)
2 Feb 16
I don't think so. I'd like to think that the majority of people in America are fairly sane and would make sure it doesn't happen.
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@DWDavis (15874)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
2 Feb 16
I agree with you as of right now, but when I look at some of the people supporting a certain Presidential candidate and their political rhetoric it gives me pause.
@silvermist (20094)
• India
4 Feb 16
@DWDavis I saw this film many years ago.It was boring in parts.But still the film was good.
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@Hatley (164448)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Feb 16
i am not sure but it could ha pen I guess
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