IHRD Special Showing - Through a Lens: First Footage of the Holocaust

IHRD Special Showing - Through a Lens: First Footage of the Holocaust

Recorded LIVE on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM

How did the Allied nations confront the realities of the Holocaust after the war? What images were necessary to convey the depths of destruction that had occurred? Film crews documented the liberation of several Nazi concentration and death camps for posterity and propaganda, to varying results. Some resultant images were deemed too controversial and were shelved, while others were turned into nationally screened newsreels. Join Professor Robert Jan van Pelt and the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre as we explore the unique circumstances that produced film reel that would help shape public memory for decades, and ask how these images can inform contemporary struggles for social justice.

Join the Neuberger on the 27th of January for a talkback connected to screenings of the documentary Every Face Has a Name, along with two original films made during liberation by British and Canadian filmmakers, German Concentration Camp Factual Survey and Behind the Swastika: Nazi Atrocities. These films will be available on the Virtual J from the 25th to the 27th of January.

This program is presented in partnership with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, and the German Consulate General.

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How did the Allied nations confront the realities of the Holocaust after the war? What images were necessary to convey the depths of destruction that had occurred? Film crews documented the liberation of several Nazi concentration and death camps for posterity and propaganda, to varying results. Some resultant images were deemed too controversial and were shelved, while others were turned into nationally screened newsreels. Join Professor Robert Jan van Pelt and the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre as we explore the unique circumstances that produced film reel that would help shape public memory for decades, and ask how these images can inform contemporary struggles for social justice.

Join the Neuberger on the 27th of January for a talkback connected to screenings of the documentary Every Face Has a Name, along with two original films made during liberation by British and Canadian filmmakers, German Concentration Camp Factual Survey and Behind the Swastika: Nazi Atrocities. These films will be available on the Virtual J from the 25th to the 27th of January.

This program is presented in partnership with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, and the German Consulate General.