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Inna Rogatchi
War & Humanity Special Project

In the Zone of Self-Interest: A Rapid Fall of Mr Glazer

Oscar 2024 episode. (C) IR

On the International Holocaust Day 2021, in the midst of the total global paralysis caused by covid, The Daily Mail published an extraordinary material with a telling headline: A Paradise in Hell, and portraying a private life of the family of the Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Hoess in the WWII’s worst fabric of death’ close proximity. The exclusive material written by the Daily Mail history correspondent Harry Howard was illustrated by also exclusive photos belonging to a well-known historian Ian Baxter, the author of over 50 books on the subjects of military history. Mr Baxter personally took those photos while in Poland, and the photos from the Hoess house did come from a special private excursion all over the place, which is still inhabited  ( which is beyond my perception’s capacity), provided to the British historian by the  owner of the house at the time, which was 2007. 

Later on, in 2016, also at the International Holocaust Day, Ian Baxter published the book called Images of War. Auschwitz Death Camp, which isba collection of over 250 very telling photos and detailed captions for them, bringing the images of the inhumanity of the Nazis very graphically and explicitly. 

This is at that time, in the covid-striken paralysed world, in 2021, that British Mr Glazer started his project known now as In the Zone of Interest film. Or rather it has been known like that, respectfully, until yesterday. Until the Oscar 2024 night, in which the film was awarded as the Best Foreign Film, with gaining the second Oscar for the Best Sound.  But from now on, after Mr Glazer’s accepting speech, his endeavour will be known as a shame. Total, stupid, false, and cowardice failure. Reprehensible deed which devalued his actually good film to the ground and which destroyed his and his film’s reputation completely and for good. Such are the price of people’s choices and people’s deeds. 

If there was anything entertaining at that super-show of ‘shame now’ by Glazer during his Oscar acceptance speech, it was the face and reaction of the Jewish billionaire Len Blavatnik who financed the film and who have no record of such perverted self-anti-Jewiness  as Glazer demonstrated to the world in his utterly pathetic escapade. To the contrary, due to the recent surge of terrible anti-Semitism on the grounds of Harvard, Len Blavatnik did freeze his substantial contributions to the university. His face behind the sleazy and badly pretending Glazer was very telling, indeed.  I wonder who might finance Glazer’s next productions? But, in fact, I couldn’t care less. That individual is behind my zone of interest for good. 

Len Blavatnik ( in the middle) during the acceptance speech for the film which he financed. Oscar gala. March 10, 2024. (C) IR

Being Holocaust historian and writer, I was impressed by the film. I analysed it in detail and in depth. My analysis was published in Israel, France and the United States for a wide audience. I analysed there the psychology of dehumanisation that led to unspeakable crimes against humanity and the way it has been presented in the film 80 years after it happened. It all stays. I praised there the film’s author for his remembrance to the annihilated millions of Jews, which has become especially poignant  after October 7th, to all of us, Jews or not, just normal people for whom terror means terror, an attack means an attack, and rape means rape. To many of us worldwide, but not to the man who created a good film about twisting the world by caring for flowers in the garden neighbouring an extermination camp to the affectation degree without a blink of a mass-murder which was going on in a five hundred metres from your little hellish paradise . 

As it turned out, the film’s author went too deep into the world of twisting thighs related to the crimes against Jews. It seemingly affected him, to produce such perverted speech as he decided to produce on the Oscar podium, refuting the very order of things, upsiding morality in 360 degree way, and producing a total, low, and very cheap nonsense. His speech is available online, and I am not going to quote a letter from it. It would be the same as to quote from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, so dirty, perverted  and outrageous it is. Now Mr Glazer is quoted in a celebrated motion by Al Jazeera, let him live with it. 

And he would live with this and many more things for good. First, with a massive indignation over his naked cowardice which has made him utterly stupid and false to the core. Then, with a long-lasting and extremely well-deserved despise. Plus serious negation of interest towards anything he would produce on anything ever, just anything. It is amusing to see  how a couple of minutes of wrongly understood fame under an Oscar, sometimes blinding light-spot, can nullify everything good and positive a person could do and achieve, and to define one’s life and career to its new path. Or no path. Who cares, actually? 

Nobody cares about traitors, and never did. If one knows a bit of history, one would remember the pathetic destinies of many of those, starting from Josephus Flavius. But of course, Flavius lived too far in the past, and there were no photo-ops of him and his head-quarters, and no possibility of taken any of something overseen and thus worthy of an exclusive publication at The Daily Mail or alike, thus no chance of finding some interesting stuff amongst a covid-striken boredom. What a pity. Otherwise, we would merit a special film of another twisted phenomenon which might even be very good , possibly, because it would be done by someone who understands so very well everything about things twisted: consciousness, morality, honesty, and decency, for that matter, too. 

Oh well. We saw something outrageous, and we addressed it. We did it because it is simply natural, and  also because it would be too good for patented cowards to be celebrated by Al Jazeera and alike only. We addressed it, and we let it go. We have things to do. To help to release 130 hostages, first and foremost of all. To care for our people and our country. To defend Jews worldwide who are under escalating unprovoked unprecedented attack, including the outrage of it in the UK.  To teach our children, of all nationalities, what humanity, in its real, not in its vain and stupid Oscar-limelight application is about.  

Glazer did bury his film very successfully. Many people now are saying that his speech and behaviour did divert them from seeing it, justly so. He betrayed not our people. We saw a few petty Jews among us, and it should be noted that throughout the entire over three millennia history of our nation, they always appeared in very small numbers. If somebody has enough of a brain, one could figure out why is so. He betrayed his international team who worked with devotion on the film honouring the victims of the Holocaust. He did not betray himself, I think. He  rather just showed publicly who he is. It is healthy to know, on the hygienic ground.

These kinds of petty things are not in the zone of our interest. And contrary to Glazer’s vain hopes, these all-too-eager figures are not in the zone of a sustainable interest of those whom he served, he hoped, on the Oscar podium last night. Because nobody ever buys anything so hopelessly cheap.

About the Author
Inna Rogatchi is author of War & Humanity special project originated in the aftermath of the October 7th, 2023 massacre in Israel. Inna is internationally acclaimed public figure, writer, scholar, artist, art curator and film-maker, the author of widely prized film on Simon Wiesenthal: The Lessons of Survival and other important documentaries on modern history. She is an expert on public diplomacy and was a long-term international affairs adviser for the Members of the European Parliament. She lectures on the topics of international politics and public diplomacy widely. Her professional trade-mark is inter-weave of history, arts, culture and mentality. She is the author of the concept of the Outreach to Humanity cultural and educational projects conducted internationally by The Rogatchi Foundation of which Inna is the co-founder and President. She is also the author of Culture for Humanity concept of The Rogatchi Foundation global initiative that aims to provide psychological comfort to wide audiences by the means of high-class arts and culture in challenging times. Inna is the wife of the world renowned artist Michael Rogatchi. Her family is related to the famous Rose-Mahler musical dynasty. Together with her husband, Inna is a founding member of Music, Art and Memory international cultural educational and commemorative initiative with a multiply projects in several countries. Her professional interests are focused on Jewish heritage, arts and culture, history, Holocaust and post-Holocaust. She is author of several projects on artistic and intellectual studies on various aspect of the Torah and Jewish spiritual heritage. She is twice laureate of the Italian Il Volo di Pegaso Italian National Art, Literature and Music Award, the Patmos Solidarity Award, and the New York Jewish Children's Museum Award for Outstanding Contribution into the Arts and Culture (together with her husband). Inna Rogatchi was the member of the Board of the Finnish National Holocaust Remembrance Association and is member of the International Advisory Board of The Rumbula Memorial Project ( USA). Her art can be seen at Silver Strings: Inna Rogatchi Art site - www.innarogatchiart.com
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