History Film / TheGreyZone

13th Jun '16 4:29:45 PM NihilisticBagel
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* NotSoDifferent: The similarities between the Nazis and the Sonderkommandos is a major point of guilt for the latter.
** A disturbing example is when [[spoiler: Hoffman brutally beats an old man to death over a watch and a Nazi guard smugly hands it over to him afterwards.]]
13th Jun '15 9:19:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Grey Zone'' is Darker and Edgier... ''[[ExaggeratedTrope for a Holocaust film]]''. While films about the topic all depict the unimaginable human suffering of that period, most (such as ''Film/SchindlersList'') also try to portray a narrative of courage and hope amidst all that horror, with at least some characters managing to survive against all odds. This film takes place entirely in Auschwitz, focusing on the prisoners who were forced to assist the Nazis by disposing of the bodies, making the protagonists much more morally ambiguous than is typical. It ends with [[KillEmAll almost every character of note dying]], and most of their efforts throughout the film either resulting in a rather minor victory (half the crematoria remain after the uprising, and the death industry continues) or simply [[ShootTheShaggyDog rendered pointless]] (the little girl they tried to save, who's killed by Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt after a HopeSpot).

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Grey Zone'' is Darker and Edgier... ''[[ExaggeratedTrope for a Holocaust film]]''. While films about the topic all depict the unimaginable human suffering of that period, most (such as ''Film/SchindlersList'') ''Film/SchindlersList'', ''Film/ThePianist'', or ''Film/EscapeFromSobibor'') also try to portray a narrative of courage and hope amidst all that horror, with at least some characters managing to survive against all odds. This film takes place entirely in Auschwitz, focusing on the prisoners who were forced to assist the Nazis by disposing of the bodies, making the protagonists much more morally ambiguous than is typical. It ends with [[KillEmAll almost every character of note dying]], and most of their efforts throughout the film either resulting in a rather minor victory (half the crematoria remain after the uprising, and the death industry continues) or simply [[ShootTheShaggyDog rendered pointless]] (the little girl they tried to save, who's killed by Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt after a HopeSpot).
3rd May '15 9:30:41 PM SolidTrig
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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt drinks excessively to deal with the horrors he oversees at Auschwitz. He denies it, claiming that he doesn't have any problems with killing the Jews and that all of his problems stem from his alcoholism, which is unrelated to his work.

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt drinks excessively to deal with the horrors he oversees at Auschwitz. He denies it, claiming that he doesn't have any problems with killing the Jews and that all of his problems stem from his alcoholism, which he says is unrelated to his work.
7th Apr '15 11:42:35 PM SolidTrig
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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Grey Zone'' is Darker and Edgier... ''[[ExaggeratedTrope for a Holocaust film]]''. While films about the topic all depict the unimaginable human suffering of that period, most (such as ''Film/SchindlersList'') also try to portray a narrative of courage and hope amidst all that horror, with at least some characters managing to survive against all odds. This film takes place entirely in Auschwitz, focusing on the prisoners who were forced to assist the Nazis by disposing of the bodies, making the protagonists much more morally ambiguous than is typical. It ends with [[KillEmAll almost every character of note dying]], and most of their efforts throughout the film either resulting in a rather minor victory (half the crematoria remain after the uprising, and the death industry continues) or simply [[ShootTheShaggyDog rendered pointless]] (the little girl they tried to save, who's killed by the Nazi captain after a HopeSpot).

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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Grey Zone'' is Darker and Edgier... ''[[ExaggeratedTrope for a Holocaust film]]''. While films about the topic all depict the unimaginable human suffering of that period, most (such as ''Film/SchindlersList'') also try to portray a narrative of courage and hope amidst all that horror, with at least some characters managing to survive against all odds. This film takes place entirely in Auschwitz, focusing on the prisoners who were forced to assist the Nazis by disposing of the bodies, making the protagonists much more morally ambiguous than is typical. It ends with [[KillEmAll almost every character of note dying]], and most of their efforts throughout the film either resulting in a rather minor victory (half the crematoria remain after the uprising, and the death industry continues) or simply [[ShootTheShaggyDog rendered pointless]] (the little girl they tried to save, who's killed by the Nazi captain Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt after a HopeSpot).
6th Apr '15 10:47:44 PM SolidTrig
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt is a twisted example. He is obviously disturbed by what he considers his duty in Auschwitz--it even drives him to drink--and he seems disgusted by the Jews who work as Sonderkommando, seeing them as traitors to their own people. He is, of course, overlooking the fact that ''he'' is one of the people putting the Jews in this situation in the first place.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt is a twisted example. He is obviously disturbed by what he considers his duty in Auschwitz--it even drives him to drink--and he seems disgusted by the Jews who work as Sonderkommando, seeing them as traitors to their own people. He is, of Of course, he's overlooking the fact that ''he'' is one of the people putting the Jews in this situation in the first place.
6th Apr '15 7:07:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* ForcedIntoEvil: The Sonderkommandos are Jewish prisoners in the death camps who assisted the extermination process by marching the new victims into the gas chambers and then disposing of the corpses. The only reason they're doing this is because the Nazis literally forced them to at gunpoint, and eliminate the Sonderkommandos themselves at regular intervals. After what the characters have done and seen, most of them simply [[DeathSeeker don't want to live anymore]].
5th Apr '15 2:54:46 AM Morgenthaler
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** Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt will have reasonably polite conversations with Dr. Nyiszli to compell him to become TheMole for him. At the same time, he's a dreadful deathbringer who doesn't hesitate to kill anyone, even shooting a child onscreen.

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** Oberscharführer Muhsfeldt will have reasonably polite conversations with Dr. Nyiszli to compell compel him to become TheMole for him. At the same time, he's a dreadful monstrous deathbringer who doesn't hesitate to kill anyone, even shooting a child onscreen.
5th Apr '15 2:52:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Grey Zone'' is Darker and Edgier... ''[[ExaggeratedTrope for a Holocaust film]]''. While films about the topic all depict the unimaginable human suffering of that period, most (such as ''Film/SchindlersList'') also try to portray a narrative of courage and hope amidst all that horror, with at least some characters managing to survive against all odds. This film takes place entirely in Auschwitz, focusing on the prisoners who were forced to assist the Nazis by disposing of the bodies, making the protagonists much more morally ambiguous than is typical. It ends with [[KillEmAll almost every character of note dying]], and most of their efforts throughout the film either resulting in a rather minor victory (half the crematoria remain after the uprising, and the death industry continues) or simply [[ShootTheShaggyDog rendered pointless]] (the little girl they tried to save, who's killed by the Nazi captain after a HopeSpot).
24th Mar '15 10:19:04 PM SolidTrig
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* MurderByCremation: Happens to a Nazi guard when the Twelth Sonderkommando group launches an uprising in Auschwitz.

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* MurderByCremation: Happens to a Nazi guard when the Twelth Twelfth Sonderkommando group launches an uprising in Auschwitz.
24th Mar '15 10:17:01 PM SolidTrig
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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The film ends with screencaps noting the success of the uprising, Oberscharführer Mussfeld being convicted and hanged for war crimes, and Dr. Nyiszli surviving the war, but not practicing medicine ever again.

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* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: The film ends with screencaps noting the success of the uprising, Oberscharführer Mussfeld Muhsfeldt being convicted and hanged for war crimes, and Dr. Nyiszli surviving the war, but not practicing medicine ever again.
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