The Museum's new exhibition American Witnesses presents selections from unofficial films taken by American soldiers who documented evidence of Nazi persecution and atrocities in liberated areas of Europe with their personal movie cameras. Archivist Lindsay Zarwell will discuss how such amateur films complicate, contradict, and add nuance to the official film canon, which has defined how the events of the Holocaust have been visualized in the postwar years.
Lindsay Zarwell has worked as a film archivist at the Museum since 2000. She conceived of and continues to develop the archive’s public access database, acquires and catalogs original films, and manages several significant film preservation and digital projects. She recently has focused on interpreting and presenting amateur film collections as well as reconstructing and making accessible the Claude Lanzmann SHOAH outtakes.
Lindsay Zarwell, Archivist, Film, Oral History, and Recorded Sound, National Institute for Holocaust Documentation, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Dee Dee and Eliot Simon