Reframing Holocaust Testimony

by Noah Shenker

Published by: Indiana University Press

262 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780253017130
  • Published: August 2015


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  • Hardcover
  • 9780253017093
  • Published: August 2015


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  • eBook
  • 9780253017178
  • Published: August 2015


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.