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Posted: 11/3/2001 8:44:30 AM EDT
I am not sure how historically accurate this movie will be. Given the fact that this movie is entertainment. Entertainment companies are notoriously for embellishing on and being loose as a goose with facts pertaining to historically events. ============================================================= [url]http://www.calendarlive.com/top/1,1419,L-LATimes-Print-X!ArticleDetail-46123,00.html?[/url] Calendar Live - A New Profile in Courage Saturday, November 3, 2001 TELEVISION REVIEW A New Profile in Courage 'Uprising' recalls the last-ditch defiance of young Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto. By HOWARD ROSENBERG, Times Television Critic Hank Azaria and Radha Mitchell are among stars of the NBC miniseries "Uprising," which starts Sunday. HELENE WALDNER We all become witnesses through television. Take last century's Jewish Holocaust. TV and Holocaust literature began converging as early as the late 1940s, our most pervasive communications medium assuming a crucial role in keeping this dark history—millions of non-Jews also died in Nazi death camps—in the forefront of U.S. thinking. So many Holocaust dramas and documentaries have been on TV, in fact, that their sheer weight carries backlash potential for desensitizing audiences instead of achieving the desired goal of increasing awareness and stressing a standard for civilized behavior. In other words, repeat a story again and again, however horrific, and the effect may diminish with each telling. Keeping the memory alive is essential. The scenarist's challenge, therefore, is to abandon or revise familiar Holocaustspeak and relate this cataclysmic evil in fresh ways—as an MTV documentary for teen viewers did a few years ago—or present material that's not widely known. As did this year's fine "Anne Frank" miniseries on ABC, which extended the doomed young Jewish diarist's story beyond Dutch Nazis' discovering that famous attic hiding place at 263 Prinsengracht in occupied Amsterdam. As did HBO's extraordinary "Conspiracy," which this year chillingly reprised the sinister 1942 meeting at which Nazi big shots codified the grim fate that Hitler had ordered for "the Jew." Joining this elite group is "Uprising," a highly worthy and moving NBC miniseries recalling the Warsaw Ghetto revolt of 1943, in which several hundred mostly young Jewish fighters temporarily held off a large, heavily armed German force attempting to deport remaining inhabitants to the Treblinka death camp. In 1940 the occupying Germans had packed Warsaw's 350,000 Jews into this 3½-square-mile area (where many died of disease or starvation), and less than two years later they deported 300,000 to Treblinka. Then came the resistance by lightly armed Jews determined to live their final days "with honor," a courageous last stand depicted persuasively and with a vivid sense of history in this account written by Paul Brickman and Jon Avnet and staged picturesquely by director Avnet in Slovakia with admirable attention to detail.
Link Posted: 11/3/2001 8:45:22 AM EDT
Although there was an earlier skirmish that had the Germans retreating, the main uprising lasted about a month, the bravery and intelligence driving it yielding an amazing story that is important for this generation to hear and see. This is not TV's first brush with this fleeting ghetto war, "Uprising" having been preceded on CBS by a 1982 account based on John Hersey's book "The Wall." So regularly are European Jews shown either as living cadavers or being led passively to their deaths during World War II, however, that this particular act of armed resistance (there also were others less notable) plays almost like a revelation. "For the first time the enemy knows who we are as a people," proclaims ghetto resistance leader Mordechai Anielewicz (Hank Azaria) after the Germans are initially driven back. When we first meet Anielewicz, his militancy puts him at odds with Adam Czerniakow (Donald Sutherland), the aging head of the ghetto's Jewish council. The older man does stiffen against German demands to hand over 6,000 Jews a day, but events ultimately sweep him aside, and he loses heart. Although Azaria is much older than was the 23-year-old Anielewicz, he is very solid, as are Stephen Moyer, Leelee Sobieski and David Schwimmer as other leading ghetto warriors. But there's a bit of caricature in Jon Voight as Gen. Jurgen Stroop, commander of the German forces that crushed the revolt after being initially thwarted by these ragtag Jewish civilians. His humiliation is captured on film, meanwhile, by noted German propagandist Fritz Hippler. "Uprising" falters in other spots too. True or not, Azaria's early escape from custody has that dramatic-license aura, and a couple of the Jews do loud early strategizing in public as if oblivious to the existence of informers. Nor is there much of a sense here of the political and cultural strands making up these young ghetto fighters. All in all, though, this is very good work. And never more memorable than when depicting the uprising's dying gasps in the claustrophobic, gaseous sewers beneath the ghetto rubble, this "little group of bandits," as one German general called them, becoming history's heroes. * * * "Uprising" can be seen Sunday and Monday nights at 9 on NBC. The network has rated it TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children younger than 14). Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
Link Posted: 11/3/2001 9:04:25 AM EDT
i dont think its going to be very accurate considering they they in the trailer "they survived" yet if i remeber my history class correctly the ghetto was burned to the ground!!!
Link Posted: 11/3/2001 11:49:13 AM EDT
There were actually quite a few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising many of them ended up in concentration camps but a few escape to join the Soviet army and took part in the capture of Berlin!Others took part in the founding of the modern Israeli state and are well known in Israel today. German Jews gave up guns and were rounded up like cattle. Polish Jews had weapons and held off those Nazi pricks longer than the Polish Army ever did! The real moral of this story is: DON'T EVER GIVE UP YOUR GUNS!
Link Posted: 11/3/2001 12:30:22 PM EDT
I doubt they will show the way that they gathered arms to resist. They doubt they will convey the actual message of the story. I suppose we will see on sunday.
The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it -- Thomas Jefferson
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Link Posted: 11/3/2001 1:30:36 PM EDT
You are absolutely correct.They will probably never even get close to insinuating that gun control was one of the root causes of the holocaust but that may not be true of popular media for too much longer.More and more people are refusing to allow others to determine their fate from afar and are doing theior best to take a proactive role in their own defense and safety.
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Link Posted: 11/3/2001 7:18:04 PM EDT
I saw some previews, and the show had the Jews with rifles & machine guns. If I remember correctly, in American Rifleman magazine about 5 year ago, the "Jews had a few bolt action rifles, and a handful of pistols."
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Link Posted: 11/4/2001 4:36:17 AM EDT
"Uprising" will be interesting, but that is as far as I will go right now. The liberal elite is finding itself in a quandry lately. With so many Americans putting more thought into their own personal security, ideas such as gun ownership are atleast becoming options to those who, just months ago, wouldn't even consider such a thing. The libs know they risk alienation of their causes if they continue to attack the right of individuals to "keep and bear arms." What a nice thought.
Link Posted: 11/4/2001 2:56:22 PM EDT
well i hope someone on the east coast or with a dish posts a review so i dont waste my time watching it if it isnt that good
Link Posted: 11/4/2001 3:31:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Big_Bear: The Warsaw ghetto uprising was in [i]Unintended Consequences[/i]. No doubt much of it was embellished but it was fascinating nonetheless. No matter how good this movie turns out to be, I don't think it will hold a candle to the way the story was told in that book.
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Agreed. I don't think it could be as good as it was in the book even if it was made for HBO.
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