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Planet Auschwitz: Holocaust Representation in Science Fiction and Horror Film and Television
by Brian E. Crim
Rutgers University Press, 2020
Paper: 978-1-9788-0160-8 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-0163-9 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-0161-5
Library of Congress Classification PN1995.9.H53C75 2020
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.43658

Planet Auschwitz explores the diverse ways in which the Holocaust influences and shapes science fiction and horror film and television by focusing on notable contributions from the last fifty years. The supernatural and extraterrestrial are rich and complex spaces with which to examine important Holocaust themes - trauma, guilt, grief, ideological fervor and perversion, industrialized killing, and the dangerous afterlife of Nazism after World War II. Planet Auschwitz explores why the Holocaust continues to set the standard for horror in the modern era and asks if the Holocaust is imaginable here on Earth, at least by those who perpetrated it, why not in a galaxy far, far away?  The pervasive use of Holocaust imagery and plotlines in horror and science fiction reflects both our preoccupation with its enduring trauma and our persistent need to “work through” its many legacies.

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