Reframing Holocaust Testimony

Paperback | August 3, 2015

byNoah Shenker

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Institutions that have collected video testimonies from the few remaining Holocaust survivors are grappling with how to continue their mission to educate and commemorate. Noah Shenker calls attention to the ways that audiovisual testimonies of the Holocaust have been mediated by the institutional histories and practices of their respective archives. Shenker argues that testimonies are shaped not only by the encounter between interviewer and interviewee, but also by technical practices and the testimony process. He analyzes the ways in which interview questions, the framing of the camera, and curatorial and programming preferences impact how Holocaust testimony is molded, distributed, and received.

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Institutions that have collected video testimonies from the few remaining Holocaust survivors are grappling with how to continue their mission to educate and commemorate. Noah Shenker calls attention to the ways that audiovisual testimonies of the Holocaust have been mediated by the institutional histories and practices of their respec...

Noah Shenker is 6a Foundation Lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 3, 2015Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253017130

ISBN - 13:9780253017130

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Testimonies from the Grassroots: The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies
2. The Centralization of Holocaust Testimony: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
3. The Cinematic Origins and the Digital Future of the USC Shoah Foundation
4. Telling and Retelling Holocaust Testimonies
Conclusion: Documenting Testimonies of Genocide through the Lens of the Holocaust
Notes
References
Index

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"Reframing Holocaust Testimony is essential reading for anyone working with survivor testimonies. Noah Shenker subtly and generously shows us how the survivors' recollection and transmission of their stories are shaped not only by their interviewers' questions, but also by the archival practices of the institutions that make them available to future listeners." -Marianne Hirsch, author of The Generation of Postmemory