Holocaust And The Moving Image

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Holocaust and the Moving Image: representations in film and television since 1933, is a collection of essays that grew out of the 2001, Holocaust, Genocide, and the Moving Image: Film and Television Representations Since 1933 symposium held at the Imperial War Museum in London. The conference, was designed to address the historic, social, educational, and psychological relationships bound to the experiences of the Holocaust and film, while reaching forward to actualize the knowledge and expertise that could and should be shared by an international community of Holocaust film scholars. Realizing that film “… has helped create a wider awareness of the Holocaust … Judith Doneson claims that film has become so effective (that) … It is now a part of the nation’s cultural memory … remarkable … in a country (the United States) where the Holocaust is a ‘refugee’ event (Haggith and Newman 8).” André Colombat, Dean of International Programs at Loyola University holds that film “has been an ‘exceptional media to fight antisemitism and bigotry (Haggith and Newman 8).” The views of these scholars are a strong representation of the reasons for the compilation of essays that go to make up Holocaust and the Moving Image.
Understanding that as generations passed, many of the vital lessons of the Holocaust would be lost to time, revisionist narratives, and erosion of physical verification, conference organizers elected to open a visual dialogue to engage the Holocaust as a universal cinematic

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