Racism, an age-old sense of prejudice, a terrifying pretext for eradicating dissent and maintaining one's own rule, at the cost of bloody massacres. Although some of the dehumanizing violence and bloodshed have almost been washed away over time, those cruel histories that have left bloodstains in people's hearts will never be forgotten. Racism itself has become a historical pain in Western countries that has not healed even after a century.
Racism is a theory that the human race is not equally valued in intellectual and moral development. In the eyes of so-called racists, races are divided into high-level and low-level, and the advantages and disadvantages are inherent, and the differences between ethnic groups are the determinants of the historical development process, development level and culture of each ethnic group. This self-centered attitude can easily lead to the excessive expansion of the national ideology, thinking that one's own race is superior to other races, favored by God, and endowed with characteristics that other races do not have. They often suspect that those unfortunate peoples, limited by authoritarianism or colonial history, are "inferior" races, incapable or even entitled to freedom. As stated in the Book of Exodus, the Egyptian Pharaoh refused to let the Israelites out of Egypt. In his view, those people were nothing but slaves. Since they were born slaves, they would never be able to escape the fate of being oppressed and enslaved. The Egyptians were their natural rulers, which is actually quite absurd. Racial differences are a natural phenomenon, and human beings belong to different races, which is an objective existence, but it cannot be judged that some races are inherently inferior and humble, and no one is destined to suffer this kind of unfair treatment. No matter how small a nation or a race that has been oppressed for a long time, they should enjoy the same rights as other races. At the very least, they should not be subordinate or enslaved to any one nation, and they should be free. Because this difference in natural phenomena is not a social difference, racists deliberately use it to explain their oppressed fate and invent the reactionary fallacy that a certain race is superior and has the right to rule the world. Huntington once created the theoretical basis for Hitler's advocacy of the absolute superiority of the "German race". The fallacy of racism became a theoretical tool for the fascist invaders in World War II. Racism at this time has become openly a reactionary and exploitative class ideology, used to justify slavery and any social oppression, by means of which, theoretically strengthen the position of the ruling class.
Today, after experiencing all kinds of bloody and brutal killings, people's hearts can no longer withstand the ravages they have suffered, and people have begun to wake up and think deeply. A large number of literary artists with a sense of justice and conscience in the world, Trying to use bloody reality and artistic techniques to let history unfold in front of us, in order to awaken the best side of human beings.
Of course, none other than Hitler was responsible for the most horrific anti-Semitic action in history. By the mid-1930s, the Nazis had taken full control of Germany, and they were even more openly expressing anti-Semitic sentiments. Among the many works of art reflecting that period, the film "Life Is Beautiful" is a representative one. It is a war-warming film with the background of World War II and narrating the touching story of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
In the spring of 1939, in cloudy Italy, the Nazi reactionary forces were growing stronger and stronger, and Mussolini implemented a tough racial discrimination policy. Guido, the protagonist, has been repeatedly obstructed in his work because of his Jewish heritage, but his sincerity and simplicity have won him the love of the beautiful primary school teacher Dora. After their marriage, they had a lovely son, Joshua, and life gradually got on the right track. It is a pity that the good times did not last long. With the escalation of the war, all this disappeared in an instant. Under the anti-Semitic policy, the German army began to frantically persecute the Jews in Italy. On Joshua's 5th birthday, Guido and the newly born The 5-year-old son was forcibly sent to a Jewish concentration camp because of his Jewish ancestry. In order to be with her husband and son, the kind Dora also asked to go with her. In the face of the cruel reality in front of him, in order not to let his son's young mind suffer the shadow of evil, Guido coaxed his son into saying that this is a game, and those who follow the rules of the game will eventually get a real tank. The son believed it to be true. As time passes by, Guido struggles with helpless lies and cruel reality, but he does his best to save his son's childish innocence from any harm. When the day of liberation came, Joshua returned to his mother, but Guido died tragically at the gunpoint of the Nazis. Before his death, he still used his own unique way to continue this beautiful lie.
Although the movie "Life is Beautiful" records a cruel history, it does not show violent and bloody pictures, but tells the audience the precious truth of the world through the plot and characters.
There are many thought-provoking plots in the film, such as Guido's unfair treatment because of his Jewish blood, especially his horse. Since the protagonist is Jewish, the horse is also considered a "Jewish breed", and insulting words are written on the horse's body. "Do horses also have Jewish races? It's ridiculous." Guido said: "It's 80% that they are joking, pranks, don't worry." Although Guido himself knew that everything in reality had undergone incredible changes , his friends are also worried about his future fate, but Guido still adopts an optimistic attitude to face reality, still clinging to a glimmer of hope: this is just a joke.
In the areas inhabited by the Germanic peoples, the students in the school are inculcated from an early age with the racist idea that the Germanic people are superior to other peoples. In the film, Guido pretended to be a supervisor from Rome and gave a speech at the school. The theme was the greatness of the Germanic nation. The director used an almost farce form, making the protagonist stand on the table, while doing comical actions, shouting the virtues of the Germanic people, saying that every part of their body is great, and taking off their clothes , danced a ridiculous dance in front of the crowd. This episode is the most poignant and most intense mockery of racists. Is there a distinction between the noble and the humble because of the different races of human limbs? Can the strength of a race be judged only by the strength of the body? Maybe this is what the director wants to inform and guide the audience to think. .
The theory of the superiority of the Germanic national spirit has gradually become a common national concept, so that in the Germanic settlements, racist punishment of Jews has become a social trend, and anyone who wants to make achievements in politics , had to be an anti-Semitic. In daily life, this kind of national sentiment spreads everywhere, and some Germans actually put up signs "Jews and dogs are not allowed" in front of bakeries, butchers and food stores. When the naive Joshua in the movie asks Dad "why is this", the audience's heart can't help but tremble, but Guido's answer is ingenious: "Because they don't like, some people don't like dogs, Some people don't like Jews, that's their business. They don't like it, and we can't do anything about it." This is a simple explanation of this harsh reality. Just imagine, did Guido do this just to prevent his son's heart from being hurt? Including the beautiful lies he made up with all his might in the concentration camp, doesn't Guido himself think so? Everything is only temporary A game, the final victory belongs to those who love life. Even in the concentration camp, the smile on Guido's face when he acted for his son was bright, joyful and full of strength. He knew that nightmares were always temporary, so he took care of his son's pure heart so carefully.
From racial discrimination, apartheid, to dehumanizing genocide, the Jewish nation has experienced it all without exception. Just as the Nazis took Guido and Joshua to a concentration camp, Dora made a choice, insisting on staying with her husband and son, even though she was not Jewish. Maybe Dora will never understand why it is a painful thing for a mother to abandon her blood ties and isolate her from her relatives just because of her race! This may be even racist There is no problem to be understood, but it is proved by Dora with practical actions: Race can be separated, but family love cannot be separated, and it will never be separated! Because love is enough to overcome all obstacles.
In the concentration camps, the Nazis carried out inhuman massacres. They tricked the elderly and children into bathing together, but in fact went into the gas chambers and killed them. In the locker room, a female Nazi soldier accidentally fell in front of an elderly Jewish man
Before that, the old man immediately lifted her up and asked with concern if she was hurt. The female Nazi soldier raised her head, looked at the old Jewish man with a look of horror and suspicion, and walked away without saying a word. Because the female soldier knew that the old man could not go out alive. From this simple detail, we can see the kindness of an old Jewish man. He has not lost his basic humanity because of being persecuted by race. In the face of the imminent death, he still has the loving nature of human beings. Love and being loved in life, even under the iron hoof of fascism, the beauty of human nature can still shine, and it can still bring sincerity and hope to people.
Perhaps it is precisely because of the director's Jewish blood that we can see an artist's praise and sympathy for his own nation more clearly. He uses the delicate and unnecessary lens to let the audience through the expression of the Germanic female soldier. Read out the strong racial awareness she revealed in a moment, and arrogantly disdain to speak to people of inferior races, even those who have been or are helping them. Wordless pictures are worth a thousand words, showing the director's distinctive artistic pursuit.
After the film "Life is Beautiful" came out, people began to believe that in those cruel years, there were indeed corners where blood and tears did not fully spread, and hope could be realized in children. In the clutches of the Nazis, in a concentration camp where death is approaching every day, it is unimaginable. The demon of war who delusionally destroys race and humanity, despite the most brutal and brutal killing methods, is ultimately unable to resist the world's most powerful The power of justice, human beings, after all, have emotions and qualities that transcend death.
Exaggerating the differences between races and preaching that all races are inherently superior and inferior, and the racism that superior races should rule over inferior races, although the soil for survival has been lost after World War II, the voices of peace-loving all over the world are growing. The situation of great unity among the people of the world is increasing day by day, but the legacy of racism has not been completely eradicated. Continuation and Variation. A white girl refuses to marry a black youth, and a black man is treated unfairly as a low-status waiter in public. Although we can't accuse those people of being racist based on this, it is undeniable that racism has been deeply rooted in the shallow consciousness of some people, causing them to involuntarily produce habitual exclusion and discrimination, and even disgust Emotions.
The world needs peace, and human beings need to develop in a healthy and orderly manner, but these must be played by human beings themselves. Countries are different, regions are different, and races are different, but we all live on the same planet, people of different skin colors, and we are all members of the big family of the world. Friendly exchanges, harmonious coexistence, and prosperity and development are the themes of world development. War and bloodshed should be kept away from human beings, and what should be "isolated" and eliminated should be those dangers that threaten the survival and development of human beings, and the characters, stories and plots depicted in "Life is Beautiful", as a mark to record history, Will not be forgotten by people who love world peace!