The audiovisual memory of the Nazi era remains vastly dominated by official images created by the Nazi propaganda machine. To address this shortcoming, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum collaborated with the Austrian Film Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute to highlight a collection of ephemeral films mostly shot by amateur filmmakers.
The films depict vibrant pre-World Ward II Jewish life in Austria, the turmoil of the Nazis taking power and the persecution of Jews after the “Anschluss,” including films mostly shot by Americans. An innovative web application, based on open-source technology, dynamically displays an extensive geographical, historical and academic analysis of each film.
- Lindsay Zarwell, archivist, Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Ingo Zechner, director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society, and associate director, IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies
Co-presented with the Austrian Film Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society and made possible with the support of the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria.
Admission is free.
Event submitted by U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.