Documenting Nazi Atrocities: Early Films on the Liberation of the Camps

8 May – 12 June 2015

Panel discussion- 5 June

Goethe-Institut London

In the early months after the liberation of Germany, the Allied programme of ‘re-education’ aimed to confront the German population with their responsibility for the rise of National Socialism and its extermination policies. Moving image played an important role in this process.

This series of six programmes brings together films made by the Allied Powers between 1944 and 1946 that document the liberation of the camps and bear witness to the atrocities committed against Jews, Roma and Sinti, and other groups declared as ‘undesirable’ and not part of the Nazi vision of a homogenous German society. The series will also include later films that became milestones in the use of archive footage through their new approaches to such images.

Introductions by historians and film experts will provide the historical context and address the various debates that have arisen around the representation of the victims. In particular, the talks will examine the recording and editing of the filmed ‘images of atrocity’ in the initial productions and their later reworking in subsequent films as archive footage.

henri cartier-bresson


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