Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory Through the Camera's Eye

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University of Chicago Press, May 1, 2000 - History - 300 pages
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Barbie Zelizer reveals the unique significance of the photographs taken at the liberation of the concentration camps in Germany after World War II. She shows how the photographs have become the basis of our memory of the Holocaust and how they have affected our presentations and perceptions of contemporary history's subsequent atrocities. Impressive in its range and depth and illustrated with more than 60 photographs, Remembering to Forget is a history of contemporary photojournalism, a compelling chronicle of these unforgettable photographs, and a fascinating study of how collective memory is forged and changed.

"[A] fascinating study. . . . Here we have a completely fresh look at the emergence of photography as a major component of journalistic reporting in the course of the liberation of the camps by the Western Allies. . . . Well written and argued, superbly produced with more photographs of atrocity than most people would want to see in a lifetime, this is clearly an important book."—Omer Bartov, Times Literary Supplement
 

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Zelizer (Covering the Body: The Kennedy Assassination, the Media, and the Shaping of the Collective Memory, LJ 11/1/92), who writes regularly for the Nation, has produced an interesting study of the ... Read full review

Contents

Collective Memories Images and the Atrocity of War
1
Before the Liberation Journalism Photography and the Early Coverage of Atrocity
16
Covering Atrocity in Word
49
Covering Atrocity in Image
86
Forgetting to Remember Photography as Ground of Early Atrocity Memories
141
Remembering to Remember Photography as Figure of Contemporary Atrocity Memories
171
Remembering to Forget Contemporary Scrapbooks of Atrocity
202
Notes
241
Selected Bibliography
279
Index
283
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