Seminar | Photographing the ruins of Nazi Europe and the remnants of Jewry – School of Languages and Cultures Seminar | Photographing the ruins of Nazi Europe and the remnants of Jewry – School of Languages and Cultures

Seminar | Photographing the ruins of Nazi Europe and the remnants of Jewry

The Departments of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, Germanic Studies and European Studies of the School of Languages and Cultures present

Photographing the ruins of Nazi Europe and the remnants of Jewry

A Research Seminar with Professor Michael Berkowitz

Abstract

Throughout the Second World War, the United States Army Signal Corps became increasingly entrusted and adept at capturing the total experience of war though photography and film.  Not surprisingly, there was a greatly disproportionate cohort of Jews among Signal Corps photographers, many of whom had earlier been professionally active.  Their industrious and creative efforts not only documented the complicated end of the war, but simultaneously sought to ‘universalize’ the plight of the Jews—while also revealing that there were distinctive Jewish stories amidst the ruins of Europe.  In total their work helped to foster sensitivity to the destruction of places and people (including Jews individually and collectively) and underscored trauma as a phenomena that called for compassion.

About the speaker

Image credit: Frank Dabba Smith

Michael Berkowitz is Professor of Modern Jewish history at University College London.  He is author of five monographs  and editor or co-editor of five volumes on topics from Zionism in Central Europe to the engagement of Jews in photography, and editor of Jewish Historical Studies: Transactions of the Jewish Historical Society of England.  His most recent book is Jews and photography in Britain (2015).

For more information, contact: Dr Avril Alba – avril.alba@sydney.edu.au

 

Image credit: Frank Dabba Smith

Date

Aug 15 2019

Time

5:00 pm

Location

Kevin Lee Room, Level 6
Lobby H, The Quadrangle
Category

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