Photographing the Holocaust: Interpretations of the Evidence

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I.B.Tauris, Mar 4, 2004 - History - 251 pages
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Atrocities committed by the Nazis during the Holocaust were photographed extensively. These images have been subjected to a perplexing variety of treatments: variously ignored, suppressed, distorted and--above all--exploited for propaganda purposes or political interest. This book examines the history of this aspect of the Holocaust--its aftermath and afterlife. Whether taken by Nazis or their collaborators, by Jews themselves, their sympathizers and the resistance movements in the occupied territories, or by Allied forces at the end of the war, Struk suggests that the provenance of these images has been seen as of secondary importance to their meaning and the political ends they have been used for--from the desperate attempts of the war-time underground, to the memorial museums of Europe, the US and Israel today. Struk recounts the history of the use and abuse of Holocaust photographs and asks whether or not these images can serve as "evidence", as true representations of the events they depict. The book is illustrated with a wide range of photographs, including some never before seen.

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Highly disappointed. This whole 215 page book would have been better as a lengthy research paper. Also, didn't really agree with a lot of the authors views. I know everybody's different... But, honestly. This book was a waste of my money.

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The first and last chapter of this book were super interesting, with some facts and figures in the middle that were pertinent to what I'm studying. Overall, though, I think it might have made a better essay than an entire book. Read full review


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Photography and National Socialism 193339
Photographs as Evidence
Armed with a Camera
Cameras in the Ghettos
Cameras in the Camps
Constructing the Postwar Memory Dont Mention the Jews
Commercializing the Holocaust Theres No Business Like Shoah Business
Interpretations of the Evidence
Dying for Eternity

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About the author (2004)

Janina Struk is a freelance photographer and writer and a former senior lecturer in photography, University of Westminster in London.

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