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Photographing the Holocaust: Interpretations of the Evidence

Photographing the Holocaust: Interpretations of the Evidence
Janina Struk

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Atrocities committed by the Nazis during the Holocaust were photographed more intensely that any before. In the time since the images were taken they have been subjected to a perplexing variety of treatments: variously ignored, suppressed, distorted and above all exploited for propaganda purposes. With the use of many photographs, including some never before seen, this book traces the history of this process and asks whether the images can be true representations of the events they were depicting. Yet their provenance, Janina Struk argues, has been less important that the uses to which a wide range of political interests has put them, from the desperate attempts of the war-time underground to provide hard evidence of the death camps to the memorial museums of Europe, the US and Israel today.

Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Author's Note Introduction: A Photograph from the Archives 1. Photography and National Socialism 2. Photographs as Evidence 3. Armed with a Camera 4. Cameras in the Ghetto 5. Cameras in the Camps 6. Liberations 7. Constructing the Post-war Memory: 'Don't Mention the Jews' 8. Commercializing the Holocaust: 'There's no Business Like Shoah Business' 9. Interpretations of the Evidence 10. Dying for Eternity Notes Bibliography Index

Author Info

Janina Struk is a freelance photographer and writer. She has been a senior lecturer in photography at the University of Westminster in London.


'...wonderfully modest and informative.'
– London Review of Books

'Photographing the Holocaust now numbers among the top ten books on the Shoah that I have ever read.'
– Rabbi Dr Charles H Middleburgh, executive director, Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues

'[Janina Struk's] book is written with style and pace, uses theory without being weighed down by it, and is full of new research... Every historian should read this book.'
– Source Magazine

'Tells us a great deal about the production, circulation, use and misuse of photographic images of the Holocaust.'
– H-Net Reviews (Humanities and Social Sciences Online)

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd

ISBN: 9781860645464
Publication Date: 31 Dec 2003
Number of Pages: 144
Height: 254
Width: 192
Illustrations: 50 illustrations

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