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Reframing Holocaust testimony

Author: Noah Shenker
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2015]
Series: Modern Jewish experience (Bloomington, Ind.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Interviews
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Noah Shenker
ISBN: 9780253017093 0253017092 9780253017130 0253017130 9780253017178 0253017173
OCLC Number: 894026056
Notes: "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"--Provided by publisher.
Description: xv, 248 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Testimonies from the Grassroots: The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies --
2. Centralizing Holocaust Testimony: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum --
3. The Cinematic Origins and the Digital Future of the Shoah Foundation --
4. Telling and Retelling Holocaust Testimonies. Conclusion: Documenting Genocide through the Lens of the Holocaust.
Series Title: Modern Jewish experience (Bloomington, Ind.)
Responsibility: Noah Shenker.

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"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"--Provided by publisher.

Institutions that have collected video testimonies from Holocaust survivors are grappling with how to continue their mission to educate and commemorate. Examines the collections of three insitutions in the U.S. - the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Shoah Foundation (founded by Steven Spielberg) at the University of Southern California, and Yale University's Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Calls attention to the ways that audiovisual testimonies of the Holocaust have been mediated by the institutional histories and practices of their respective archives. Argues that testimonies are shaped not only by the encounter between interviewer and interviewee, but also by technical practices and the testimony process. 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.

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[Shenker's] work contributes substantially to testimony studies, and, one hopes, will spark new debates. * Holocaust and Genocide Studies * Shenker's book is an invaluable resource for anyone working Read more...

 
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