Feature films and documentaries offer viewers some of the most indelible and powerful images of the Holocaust. Film footage of the camps and ghettos capture aspects of life during the Holocaust in ways the written word and still photographs cannot. Feature films, on the other hand, serve as introductions to the subject for viewers who otherwise may have little knowledge of the Holocaust. Moreover, these images may serve as memorials to the victims of the catastrophe by capturing or dramatizing their lives and personal stories on film.
The essays included in the book Holocaust and the Moving Image, a compilation of papers presented at a 2001 symposium held at the Imperial War Museum in London, cover all aspects of the representation of the Holocaust on film. Contributors include some of the leading scholars in the field of Holocaust studies as well as survivors, filmmakers, archivists, and museum curators. Essays cover a broad range of topics concerning fictionalized and documentary representations of the Holocaust on film, including Nazi propaganda footage of the Theresienstadt ghetto, antisemitic films such as Jud Süss, the use of film footage in postwar trials of Nazi leaders, and the role of movies in memorialization and understanding.
Individual essays discuss specific films within the context of Holocaust history, from well-known movies like Night and Fog (1955) and Schindler’s List (1993) to less familiar works such as Alfred Radok’s The Long Journey (1949) and Andrej Munk’s Passenger (1963). The book also includes a filmography of motion pictures, documentaries, and television series referenced in the text, a bibliography of related books, and an index.
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|TABLE OF CONTENTS|
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Toby Haggith & Joanna Newman
|Section I: Film as Witness|
|Film and the Making of the Imperial War Museum's
|Preparing the Video Displays for the Imperial War Museum's Holocaust Exhibition
|Filming the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen
|Separate Intentions: The Allied Screening of Concentration Camp Documentaries
in Defeated Germany in 1945-46: Death Mills and Memory of the Camps
|A Witness to Atrocity: Film as Evidence in International War Crimes Tribunals
|Section II: Film as Propaganda|
|Veit Harlan's Jud Süss
|Fritz Hippler's The Eternal Jew
|Film Documents of Theresienstadt
|Terezín: The Town Hitler Gave to the Jews
|The Ministry of Information and Anti-Fascist Short Films of the Second World War
|Fighting the Government with its Own Propaganda: The Struggle for Racial Equality
in the USA During the Second World War
|Section III: The Holocaust Documentary in Film and Television|
|Nuit et Brouillard: A Turning Point in the History and Memory of the Holocaust
|Baggage and Responsibility -- The World at War and the Holocaust
|The Nazis: A Warning from History
|Kitty - Return to Auschwitz
|Some Reflections on Claude Lanzmann's Approach to the Examination of the Holocaust
|But is it Documentary?
|Silence: The Role of the Animators
Ruth Lingfore & Tim Webb
|Oswiecim/Auschwitz: The Shooting Goes On...
|Seeing and Hearing for Ourselves: The Spectacle of Reality in the Holocaust Documentary
|Section IV: The Holocaust in Feature Films|
|An Overview of Hollywood Cinema's Treatment of the Holocaust
|Escape from Sobibor: A Film Made for Television Depicting the Mass Escape from
Sobibor Extermination Camp
|The Holocaust, Film and Education
|Young People's Viewing of Holocaust Films in Different Cultural Contexts
|Living with the Long Journey: Alfréd Radok's Daleká Cesta
|Double Memory: The Holocaust in Polish Film
|For the Few, Not the Many: Delusion and Denial in Italian Holocaust Films
|The Survivors' Right to Reply
Trudy Gold ... [et al.]
|Section V: Legacy and Other Genocides|
|Human Rights: Does Anyone Care?
|Journey Into Darkness
David G. Harrison
|If the Walls Could Speak (Les Voix de la Muette)
|Exploring the Common Threads of Genocide: The Crimes Against Humanity Exhibition
at the Imperial War Museum
Suzanne Bardgett & Annie Dodds