After viewing the film The Illegals* and reading this week’s assigned secondary source readings, please consider to what extent the film conveys realistically (in your view) the plight of Jewish survivors in post-war Europe and beyond, as portrayed to some extent in the readings you’ve completed this week and in the past few weeks (and perhaps especially last week). Do you think the film captured, metaphorically or literally, the ways in which Jews conceived of their own experiences of survival and their path to a homeland after the war? If so, how? If not, why not? Did Bauer and Patt’s articles illuminate any aspects of the film in particular?
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