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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 14/05/2010

Alice Schwarzer on Roman Polanski as victim-culprit

Alice Schwarzer, feminist publisher of the magazine Emma, answers filmmaker Roman Polanski in the daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Polanski made a case for himself in the same newspaper at the start of May, arguing that he should not be extradited to the US on charges of raping a 13 year old girl in 1977. "It seems Roman Polanski never had a problem - or felt even the slightest trace of guilt - about using his status to seduce minors his whole life long. Why is this? No one has ever really painted him as a culprit. Now that his case is once more in the public eye it is entirely justified to see it in the light of his dramatic past. A Polish Jew, his parents were killed in the concentration camps. He himself fled from the Warsaw Ghetto at eleven years of age and somehow managed to survive. Who if not Polanski has an understanding of power relations and violence? Nevertheless he had a choice later on to side with the victims or with the culprits. As a director of often moving, sometimes macabre and comical films, Polanski seems to be on the side of the victims. But as a man he is firmly on the side of the culprits."

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