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The Once and (Alt) Future Nazis

Today on Jewcy: Where does the new DC TV crossover line up with other alternative Jewish histories?

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November 27, 2017

The CW is up to four shows that simultaneously take place in the DC comic book universe— that’s The FlashSupergirlArrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. Tonight will begin their annual crossover, “Crisis on Earth X” as all four shows briefly share the same plot-line, full of wedding veils, one-liners, cheap leather and… alternate universe supervillain Nazis?

To no one’s surprise, the idea of our beloved heroes masquerading under swastika hoods has raised pulses online, although, naturally, one can predict that our beloved heroes will no doubt triumph in the end, pausing along the way to throw a few right crosses into a few Nazi faces. There are several reasons for the skepticism: some are simply tired of Nazis as plot devices; others find it disrespectful to portray Jewish-created icons as their fascist nemeses. Really, it boils down to an ongoing question over how to represent the Holocaust in fiction: is it sacred or is it profane?

Gabriela Geselowitz is a writer and the former editor of

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