First Films of the Holocaust
Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938–1946
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
Title Page, Copyright
This book emerged from two sources. One primary origin lay in conversations with Howard Jacobs, whom I was lucky enough to teach; with Libby Saxton, a colleague at Queen Mary, University of London; and with Evgenii Tsymbal, a visiting scholar there. The other source was a ...
A NOTE ON TRANSLITERATION
For many, the Holocaust has become the most important historical event of the twentieth century. Indeed, it has become part of the American experience, providing Americans a point of reference firmer even than the Civil War or Pearl Harbor.1 As an extreme of human behavior, it informs ...
1. “Right Off the Top of the News”: PROFESSOR MAMLOCK AND SOVIET ANTIFASCIST FILM
In May 1939, as viewers watched a screening of the Soviet film Professor Mamlock (Professor Mamlok) at New York’s Thalia Theatre, on Ninety-fifth Street, near Broadway, someone threw a tear-gas bomb into the auditorium. 1 This film, which depicts the Nazi persecution of an initially apolitical ...
2. “The Beasts Have Taken Aim at Us: ”SOVIET NEWSREELS SCREEN THE WAR AND THE HOLOCAUST
The Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 unleashed a new stage of the Holocaust, for the Nazis’ persecution of Jews was no longer limited to humiliation, expulsion, concentration, starvation, and sporadic pogroms. As part of their ideologically conceived war against, as they saw ...
3. Imagining Occupation: PARTISANS AND SPECTRAL JEWS
The nature of Soviet newsreel and documentary film enabled it to respond quickly to the unexpected challenges of representing the war, and such works began to play a greater and far more important role than they had done previously. The elements intrinsic to feature films, such as writing ...
4. Dovzhenko: MOVING THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ACCEPTABLE
In contrast to most other wartime Soviet directors of documentaries or features, Aleksandr Dovzhenko went to the front and viewed the aftermath of Nazi atrocities firsthand. Between February and October 1942, he worked first as a journalist and then as an army political instructor; ...
5. Mark Donskoi’s Reconstruction of Babyi Iar: THE UNVANQUISHED
When Aleksandr Dovzhenko arrived in liberated Kiev in November 1943, his dramatic fall from grace had just commenced, but when Mark Donskoi got there a few months later, in the summer of 1944, he stood at the peak of his reputation as a filmmaker. His earlier film of the Ukrainian occupation ...
6. Liberation of the Camps
On 24 July 1944 the Red Army liberated the Majdanek death camp, near Lublin, Poland. Despite the catalog of appalling Nazi crimes already uncovered by the Soviets, all who saw the first captured Vernichtungslager were shocked by the industrial efficiency and sheer scale of the murder ...
7. “The Dead Never Lie: ”SOVIET FILM, THE NUREMBERG TRIBUNAL, AND THE HOLOCAUST
From the moment they first began filming Nazi atrocities, in autumn 1941, the Soviets had invoked a legal rationale for doing so. As Roman Karmen said, “every meter of film, every frame, would be a terrifying document denouncing the Fascist hangmen.”1 The footage was to be shown at a future ...
The Unvanquished may be seen as one of several early, faltering attempts by Soviet Jews to rethink their identity by depicting what we now term the Holocaust.1 The Black Book, Ilya Ehrenburg and Vasilii Grossman’s 1945 compilation of Nazi crimes against Soviet Jewry, was another such attempt ...
Page Count: 330
Illustrations: 65 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 830023214
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