The divide between the events of the Holocaust and its representation has been a source of controversy since the sixties and is an inevitable result of the growth of Holocaust consciousness. One particularly influential and worrying area is the growth of post-Holocaust kitsch. Though very different, the celebrated narrative sculpture, Hell, by Jake and Dinos Chapman, and the phenomenally successful novel for children, John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, are both contemporary examples of this. This chapter analyses the complexities of these responses to horror, and discusses what they mean for our understanding of the Holocaust. In the case of Boyne, this is an issue of special concern because this book is so widely used in schools.
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