The opera, and by consequence much of the film, focuses on childhood as seen in a post-Holocaust world. The story that makes up the opera is not specifically about the Holocaust, because it wants to have a more universal application. The opera seeks to make viewers consider the way the innocence of children continues to be betrayed in the world around us. Children are powerless and are often abused and misused. They are exploited—sometimes sexually, physically, and even financially. We long to think of children as innocent, but in a world that has gassed them and continues to find new ways to destroy their spirits, do we have the luxury of being able to think that childhood is so safe and secure?