Did Hitler and Jones Have Some Similarities?
Strange, then, that he should be remembered merely as a newspaperman. Gareth Jones travelled to Soviet Ukraine and soon afterwards brought back a story of terrible suffering at the hands of Josef Stalin. Mr Jones was not in the USSR for very long, and in the Ukraine for even less. He was caught by Soviet authorities and thrown out, later travelling to Asia where he was found dead, supposedly killed by Chinese bandits. The new film from anticommunist Polish director Agnieszka Holland attempts to ‘bring to life’ the claims that Mr Jones travelled to Ukraine and witnessed first-hand a manmade famine there. Hunger he may well have seen, but who put the idea into his head (or into the director’s) that it was manmade, let alone that it was a genocide, as our anti-Soviet director declares (joined of course by the Guardian newspaper)? At the Internationale FilmFestpiele in Berlin, Ruptly news agency recorded Agnieszka Holland as stating: “Why Stalin is a hero for contemporary Russians? Don’t ask me. It shows an enslavement of the mind and soul. Stalin was one of the greatest murderers in the history of humanity … and he’s responsible for thousands of millions of lives.” You would think that being responsible for thousands of millions of deaths, Ms Holland might be able to depict just one factual event from real life in her film about the ‘forgotten hero’ Jones and the mass killer Stalin. Instead, in this excessive and ludicrous piece of anti-Stalin propaganda, the director portrays Mr Jones eating human flesh – a piece of fantasy so galling that it forced a relation of Mr Jones to write in to the Sunday Times to deny that his great-uncle had ever taken part in cannibalism and to admit that as far as the records show, he never even saw any bodies in Ukraine!
For Jack it gives no comfort at all—he is dying in a world that is fake, but his death is real, and therefore, a source of terror. The novel explains first, that he will not shoot Mr. Gray because of the affair, then that he will shoot him, and finally that he will shoot him with “three bullets in the midsection for maximum visceral agony” in order to steal the drugs revealing a kind of narrative of vengeance placidly depicted by Jack who refuses to accept the significance of his wife’s adultery (DeLillo 309).
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