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October 27, 2015
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7 p.m.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Fresh Angles:
Austria through the Eyes of Amateur Filmmakers
Public Program
Antisemitic graffiti in Vienna, filmed by an American tourist in 1938. <i>Lafayette P. Monson, courtesy of Getty Images</i>
Antisemitic graffiti in Vienna, filmed by an American tourist in 1938. Lafayette P. Monson, courtesy of Getty Images

The audiovisual memory of the Nazi era remains vastly dominated by official images created by the Nazi propaganda machine. To address this shortcoming, the Museum collaborated with the Austrian Film Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute to highlight a collection of ephemeral films mostly shot by amateur filmmakers. The films depict vibrant prewar Jewish life in Austria, the turmoil of the Nazis taking power, and the persecution of Jews after the Anschluss, including films mostly shot by Americans. An innovative web application, based on open-source technology, dynamically displays an extensive geographical, historical, and academic analysis of each film.

Featured Speakers
Lindsay Zarwell, Archivist, Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Ingo Zechner, Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society, and Associate Director, IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies

Co-presented with the Austrian Film Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society and made possible with the support of the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria

The Museum is located on the National Mall, just south of Independence Avenue, SW, between 14th Street and Raoul Wallenberg Place (15th Street) in Washington, DC.

We strongly advise visitors to take the Metro (subway) to the Museum as public parking in the area is very limited.

The nearest Metro stop is Smithsonian (orange or blue line), located one block east of the Museum. Exit the station at 12th Street and Independence Avenue and walk one block west on Independence to 14th Street. Cross 14th Street and turn left; the Museum is the second building on your right.

The Museum has no public parking facility, but there is a paid parking lot located on D Street, SW, between 13th and 14th Streets, and some metered parking along Independence Avenue.

For vehicles bearing the appropriate access tags, the National Park Service has designated approximately ten accessible parking spaces at and around the Washington Monument, along Independence Avenue west of 14th Street, and at the Tidal Basin parking lot.

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Please note that the Museum may be recording and photographing this event. By your presence you consent to the Museum's use of your image.

Ephemeral Films
This site enables you to watch 25 historic films and learn more about them through an innovative film player that displays contextual information that changes as the film plays.
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The Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive
The Museum’s Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive is one of the world’s most comprehensive informational and archival resources for moving image materials pertaining to the Holocaust and World War II.
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Accidental Witnesses to History: The Baker Collection
Americans living in Vienna when Germany annexed Austria in March 1938, Helen and Ross Baker documented what they saw through letters, a diary, and film.
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Preserving and Rebuilding the Archive of the Jewish Community Vienna
In 2000, the Jewish Community Vienna (IKG) discovered 500,000 pages of Holocaust-era documents. In 2002, the Museum began working with IKG to preserve the collection for scholars and survivors.
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