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Overview

Based on an event held at the Imperial War Museum in London, this book is a unique blend of voices and perspectives, including archivists, curators, filmmakers, and Holocaust survivors. Tracing the Holocaust, each section of the book is dedicated to a different category of the moving image: film as witness; film as propaganda; documentary in film and television; and feature films. Each section examines specific films in the broad context of the history of the Holocaust and how they have contributed to a wider understanding of the tragedy.

Accesible and stimulating, this book is an excellent introduction to the subject, discussing such titles as The Eternal Jew (1940) and Night and Fog (1956) and such subjects as the use of film and video in war crimes trials. The book also encourages the reader to move beyond Schindler's List (1993) and Life is Beautiful (1997) to other classics of the genre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904764519
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,438,431
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Toby Haggith is head of the Public Services Section, Film & Video Archive at the Imperial War Museum.

Joanna Newman is director of education at the London Jewish Cultural Center

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Sect. 1 Film as witness
1 Film and the making of the Imperial War Museum's Holocaust Exhibition 19
2 Preparing the video displays for the Imperial War Museum's Holocaust Exhibition 26
3 Filming the liberation of Bergen-Belsen 33
4 Separate intentions : the Allied screening of concentration camp documentaries in defeated Germany in 1945-46 : Death mills and Memory of the camps 50
5 A witness to atrocity : film as evidence in international war crimes tribunals 65
Sect. 2 Film as propaganda
6 Veit Harlan's Jud Suss 76
7 Fritz Hippler's The eternal Jew 85
8 Film documents of Theresienstadt 93
9 Terezin : the town Hitler gave to the Jews 102
10 The Ministry of Information and anti-fascist short films of the Second World War 106
11 Fighting the government with its own propaganda : the struggle for racial equality in the USA during the Second World War 116
Sect. 3 The Holocaust documentary in film and television
12 Nuit et Brouillard : a turning point in the history and memory of the Holocaust 127
13 Baggage and responsibility - The world at war and the Holocaust 140
14 The Nazis : a warning from history 146
15 Kitty - return to Auschwitz 154
16 Some reflections on Claude Lanzmann's approach to the examination of the Holocaust 161
17 But is it documentary? 168
18 Silence : the role of the animators 173
19 Oswiecim/Auschwitz : the shooting goes on 175
20 Seeing and hearing for ourselves : the spectacle of reality in the Holocaust documentary 182
Sect. 4 The Holocaust in feature films
21 An overview of Hollywood cinema's treatment of the Holocaust 193
22 Escape from Sobibor : a film made for television depicting the mass escape from Sobibor extermination camp 198
23 The Holocaust, film and education 203
24 Young people's viewing of Holocaust films in different cultural contexts 211
25 Living with the long journey : Alfred Radok's Daleka Cesta 217
26 Double memory : the Holocaust in Polish film 225
27 For the few, not the many : delusion and denial in Italian Holocaust films 236
28 The survivor's right to reply 243
Sect. 5 Legacy and other genocides
29 Human rights : does anyone care? 259
30 Journey into darkness 265
31 If the walls could speak (Les Voix de la Muette) 271
32 Exploring the common threads of genocide : the crimes against humanity exhibition at the Imperial War Museum 280
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