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Viewing Traumatic Imagery: Holocaust Photography in Context

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 6 p.m., Dryden Theatre

Hear from industry experts on the analysis of photographs of the Holocaust for research and teaching, and the advantages, disadvantages, and ethics of viewing traumatic imagery. Wendy Lower’s volume, The Ravine, reveals layers of detail concerning the open-air massacres in Ukraine to enhance understanding of the place of the family unit in the ideology of Nazi genocide. Valerie Hébert’s edited volume, Framing the Holocaust, examines a series of photographs documenting a mass shooting in Latvia. Although the images are nearly unbearable to look at, the book offers a multidimensional discussion of the reasons why we should, including the challenges and responsibilities of using photographs to teach about atrocity.

Attendees are invited to stay for a reception following the discussion.

Content Notice: This program presentation will include graphic images of violence.

In association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Department of History at the University of Rochester.
This program is funded in part by the Louis S. & Molly B. Wolk Foundation.