A Classic Christmas Movie Or An Allusion To The Holocaust?

A Classic Christmas Movie Or An Allusion To The Holocaust?

When the subliminal messages of movies come into light.

It was a week before we all pack up and go our separate ways for winter break. We had our floor meeting to discuss the process of closing down our dorms. After that meeting, four of us decided to watch "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." This claymation movie was released in 1970. These claymation Christmas movies are classics. I can remember being in elementary school and watching them with my siblings in our Christmas pajamas. These fond memories, however, soon dissipated upon rewatching this movie for the first time in over ten years.

As we put the movie on and it began to play, each of us began to pick up on small parallels to the Holocaust. We were shocked because, to us, this movie was a Christmas classic. We did not believe it and thought we might be reading into it too much; however, we looked it up and many people have been reading into those messages for years. Needless to say, our jaws hit the floor and a childhood classic would never be the same again.

The first sign that began our questioning was the Burgermeister Meisterburger. This character had a thick German accent and the way that the claymation walked almost looked like one of his hands was moving like the salute from Nazi Germany. That may have been a coincidence and that is how we viewed it at the beginning.

We were then introduced to Sombertown, which is the area in which he ruled. The area was gray and there was a sense of despair across the town. The Burgermeister had banned all toys from the town. This immediately reminded me of "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak, because this novel depicted the banning of books during the Holocaust. This seemed like a coincidence until the movie goes on to show the Burgermeister collecting all of the toys belonging to the children and burning them in the town center. At this point, I was almost positive that this was a direct allusion to the book burnings during the Holocaust.

It was at this moment that we all looked at each other and realized our childhood perception was completely wrong. We had just experienced what was known as a gestalt shift, and we would never view this movie the same way again. The movie also shows a clip of children marching in two straight lines, followed by a vehicle. One of us drew the parallel to the pictures of concentration camps of the Jewish people marching in straight lines. We would not have taken a second look at these lines if we had not picked up on the parallels earlier in the movie.

When the movie concluded, we all looked at each other and said, “what did we just watch?” We went in with the expectation of being festive and watching a classic Christmas movie under our blankets and having a good time. That took a turn when we had the epiphany that the movie had these horrid undertones. I was not upset by these undertones; rather, I was actually fascinated by them.

This movie demonstrated how even a children’s movie can send a certain message. In this case, it put Hitler’s ideas into something that would be understandable for children. The children did not like the Burgermeister because he did these awful acts. This movie showed some of the aspects of the Holocaust without showing too much that it would scar a child for life. As an adult watching it, the lessons of this movie are beyond clear. This movie made us all want to go back and watch our favorite childhood movies and look for an underlying messages or allusions.

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.


Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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