Who Owns History?

–An announcement that Britney Spears will star in a concentration camp romance arouses the ire of German Jews–Britney Spears is slated to appear in “The Yellow Star of Sophia and Eton” the working title of a film about a concentration camp romance and many Germans Jews are up in arms. The Central council of Jews in Germany is horrified that someone like Britney Spears will be making a holocaust film. The president, Charlotte Knobloch, said” In films that deal with the Holocaust, the script should be carefully chosen and the cast picked with care…ethical considerations should have priority.” Her objection brings up what looks to be an underlying question, who owns history? Isn’t history something that belongs to every human? Can anyone lay claim to it and order how it shall be portrayed? I am no particular fan of Britney Spears and her brand of commercialism. To my mind her way of handling her career contributes to the vulgarization of our culture. Nevertheless she has the right to star in a story set in a concentration camp just as Ms Knowbloch has the right to criticize the film whether or not she opts to go see it.