The Holocaust was a timeperiod where people were killed and beaten just because of their Jewishidentity. The Jews were forced to go to concentration camps and even taken to deathcamps to be killed and stripped of their identity but despite their prosecutionthey held on to their hopes and morals.
Life Is Beautiful depicted an attitudeof hopefulness as Guido tried to make his sons experience a positive one andmake a game out of the situation they faced during the war. In Escape fromSobibor the Jews planned an exit strategy and had hope that their strategywould make them free from the pain they endured daily. In both situations thatthe Jews faced in the camps, they worked with what they had and although theirgoals were different, they worked hard to attain their goals and never lostfocus.
Guidois an Italian book keeper that dreams of opening his very own bookstore. Hemeets a young lady named Dora and is taken away by her beauty. After meetingeach other numerous times, Guido wins her over with his charm and humor andDora runs from the man who she was being forced to marry. They end up marryingand have a child together named Joshua but their happiness doesn’t last longwhen the Nazis come to deport all the Jews to the concentration camps.
Guido,although he didn’t practice his Jewish religion, was forced to be taken awayalong with the rest of his Jewish family. Dora was not Jewish herself yetrefused to let her family board that train alone. She insisted on going alongand gets to the train just in time to go with them, showing a great amount ofcourage not knowing where they were headed to. Guido doesn’t want his son to beafraid so he tells Joshua that this is all a game and if he follows directionscarefully he could win the “grand prize” a real tank. At the concentrationcamp, Guido and Joshua are taken to the men’s side while Dora is taken with therest of the women. Guido and Joshua play the game and keep earning themselvespoints while hanging on to whatever they could to stay alive. One night, Guidoawakens to gunfire and realizes that the war could be over.
There isspeculation that the Nazi soldiers are trying to hide the evidence and trucksare being loaded with prisoners but come back empty. Guido decides to flee andwarm his wife. He hides Joshua in a corner box telling him to stay inside untileveryone around is gone and the place is silent. Guido gets caught while goingto his wife and gives Joshua one last look before he is shot to death. The nextmorning Joshua comes out of hiding and sees a real life tank approachingthinking it is his prize for winning the game. The American takes Joshua in fora ride as they see the prisoners of the liberated camp and eventually reuniteswith his mother. They embrace each other and Joshua is overwhelmed because hisfather was right, they had won.
Sobibor was one of the six majordeath camps in World War II. Located in Eastern Poland the Jews were forced tobe taken there, where their death awaited. Not many knew where they were goingand brought their belongings with them as if preparing to relocate. If onlythey knew what they were about to endure. Previous prisoners were forced togreet the oncoming train and the Natzis would tidy up the camp and greeteveryone with smiles. The men and women were divided into two groups. The SSofficers would then ask the professional shoemakers and seamstresses to stepout of line to continue their work for the Nazi soldiers. The rest of theprisoners were told they would be taken to receive a hot shower however oncethey went in they would never come back.
Gassed in the showers and beaten inthe camp hundreds of men, women, and children were left dead. The workers facedhunger and feared for their lives. One day a Nazi pulled the working Jewish boyaside and showed him what really went on to those who were taken to get”showered” but ended up coming out dead. The boy ran back to the rest of theJews working with him and it was then that they realized they needed an exitplan or the same would happen to them. It started off as an escape for aslittle as 10 people but they were contemplating if they should really leavetheir fellow prisoners to die torturously. They decided this would have to be aplan for all six hundred people in the camp. They stole guns and ammunition andeven cut the phone lines in hopes of escaping the death that was running theirway.
They killed Nazi soldiers and that afternoon all the prisoners would runto their freedom. After the whistle was blown everyone fled to the nearby woodsbut many did not make it far. Out of the six hundred that attempted to fleeonly three hundred made it to the woods safely. Throughout the entire escapeplan every man was for himself but overall the Jews were determined to survivewhich led them to their freedom. Life Is Beautiful as well asEscape From Sobibor led the Jews to liberation at the end and the Jews feltas if they won because of their freedom. They both found methods to cope withthe situations they were in and continuously remained hopeful. They both set a goalas well to look forward to, whether it was Guido to make his sons experienceinto a game to win a prize or the prisoners in Sobibor who made their goal toget out.
The Jews had no idea where they were taken forcefully while on thetrain but when they found out they knew they had to fight their circumstancesand break away from the Nazi rule. They lived each day with the thought of hopewhich kept them busy long enough to continue working to the day that theirfreedom would finally arrive. They struggled to survive but in the end, theywere able to liberate themselves and escape. Life is beautiful is a fictionalromantic and humorous movie that portrays the situation lighter than that of EscapeFrom Sobibor which is a more serious movie, as it is a death camp based ona true story with real survivors that lived to tell. Guido makes his situationa more playful process as opposed to the other Jews that were eager to breakfree from the Nazi rule and keep their eye on the open field that would leadthem to safety.
The movies give off two perspectives that can be seen, one fromthe victims who experienced this and the other from the father whose son laterrealized what really happened. Both movies portrayed people ofcourage who faced tragedy that represented true horrors that took place inhistory. During the Holocaust people held on to what they could in order toremain alive and found different ways of coping the difficult challenges theywere forced to face. Although in Life is beautiful and Escape FromSobibor they were both led to liberation their methods of surviving thecamps differed but what truly matured was their newly gained freedom.