"Auschwitz is Not a Metaphor": SWC Protests To Amazon Prime Over Bollywood Film

August 3, 2023

The Simon Wiesenthal Center launched a protest to Amazon Prime demanding the removal of Bawaal, a Bollywood film, directed by well-known Indian filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari.
Why the Protest?
  • Bawaal includes outlandish abuse of the Nazi Holocaust as a plot devicebawaal-2023

  • Set in contemporary times it includes scenes where the protagonists enter a gas chamber in Auschwitz and are suffocated while wearing striped clothing

  • Hitler is used as a metaphor for human greed; the main protagonist states: “We’re all a little like Hitler, aren’t we?” and “Every relationship goes through their Auschwitz” 
Action Urged:
  • SWC continues to demand that Amazon Prime stop monetizing Bawaal by removing this banal trivialization of the suffering and systematic murder of millions of victims who suffered at the hands of Hitler’s genocidal regime

  • Neither the filmmakers and Amazon Prime have yet to respond to the Simon Wiesenthal Center 
Also Streaming on Amazon: 
  • The SWC’s two-time Academy Award-winning Moriah Films has 12 of it’s documentary films streaming on Amazon Prime including 7 which deal with the subject of the Nazi Holocaust https://www.moriahfilms.com/film-library/
Continue Reading:
 CNN_logo Bollywood film ‘Bawaal’ accused of trivializing Holocaust and demeaning victims 
 BBC-News-LOGO-shorter  Bawaal: Bollywood film accused of trivialising Holocaust
 jpostdotcom.jpg Amazon Prime asked to remove film over Holocaust misappropriation
 TheForward_logo How (and why) did a Bollywood movie make Auschwitz into a lesson on romance?
 Express-Tribune Jewish human rights group calls on Amazon Prime to take down ‘Bawl’ for its ‘abuse of Holocaust’
 JTA In Amazon’s new Bollywood movie, a couple visits Auschwitz to heal their marriage

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