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1 Monsters in Germany: Pre-WW II silent film Just how did the Nazi party convince normal Germans that the Jewish population was a threat? Just how did the Nazi party convince normal Germans that the Jewish population was a threat? A process called A process called othering othering Part of a discipline Part of a discipline called Cultural Studies called Cultural Studies

2 Cultural Studies Concerns itself with the meaning and practices of everyday lifethe ways people do things and the meanings attached to those things Concerns itself with the meaning and practices of everyday lifethe ways people do things and the meanings attached to those things marriage practices marriage practices performances performances gatherings gatherings political structure political structure Draws from the fields of literary theory, anthropology, psychology, sociology, film/video studies to look at specific cultural phenomena Draws from the fields of literary theory, anthropology, psychology, sociology, film/video studies to look at specific cultural phenomena race race social class social class gender gender identity identity

3 Here be Monsters Othering Othering A way of defining and securing ones own identity by stigmatizing another… an other A way of defining and securing ones own identity by stigmatizing another… an other Different from self Different from self Depict other people as monsters to isolate, to hate… to kill Depict other people as monsters to isolate, to hate… to kill Pre-WW II German silent film used exaggerated Jewish characteristics (caricatures) to depict their monsters. Pre-WW II German silent film used exaggerated Jewish characteristics (caricatures) to depict their monsters. Same process of othering used today. Same process of othering used today.

4 Here be Monsters Germany pre-WW II country was devasted country was devasted hungry for a leader/strength hungry for a leader/strength looking for structure looking for structure WW I ended 1918 WW I ended 1918 Along came Hitler Along came Hitler Nazi party formed 1920 Nazi party formed 1920 Shake off your Jewish leaders… The Russian government is 9/10 Jewish… Bolshevism is a Jewish swindle. Shake off your Jewish leaders… The Russian government is 9/10 Jewish… Bolshevism is a Jewish swindle. Violence ensued – Nazi propaganda offered direction for anger, resentment, need to retaliation. Violence ensued – Nazi propaganda offered direction for anger, resentment, need to retaliation. Nazi propaganda was built on an already strong base of early German film monsters. Nazi propaganda was built on an already strong base of early German film monsters.

5 Here be Monsters The Golem 1920 Paul Wegener & Carl Boese

6 Here be Monsters Nosferatu 1922 F.W. Murnau

7 Here be Monsters What we know: monsters are evil, we must kill them What we know: monsters are evil, we must kill them Equation: Equation: Jews are different than we are… Jews are different than we are… Jews are monsters Jews are monsters I.e., we must kill them I.e., we must kill them Easy for Hitler Easy for Hitler Easy for everyone Easy for everyone Classic way othering works Classic way othering works Otherwise, how do people commit this kind of atrocity? Otherwise, how do people commit this kind of atrocity?

8 Here be Monsters Today, othering functions as it always has: to create monsters throughout the world. Today, othering functions as it always has: to create monsters throughout the world. Muslims Muslims Arabs Arabs Jews Jews American American Each group (can) create monsters of the others. Each group (can) create monsters of the others. Effect: we must kill the monster(s)…. Effect: we must kill the monster(s)…. i.e., each culture/country believes it must rid the world of all the monsters = whomever their othering has designated as dangerous. i.e., each culture/country believes it must rid the world of all the monsters = whomever their othering has designated as dangerous.


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