Visual Culture and the Holocaust by Barbie Zelizer

By Barbie Zelizer

A booklet that appears at either the normal and the novel ways that the holocaust has been visually represented. the aim of this quantity is to augment our knowing of the visible illustration of the Holocaust - in movies, tv, images, paintings and museum installations and cultural artifacts - and to envision the ways that those have formed our attention. The components coated comprise the Eichman Trial as coated on American tv, the impression of Schindler's checklist, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Isreali historical past Museums, ladies and Holocaust images, web Holocaust websites and tattoos and shrunken heads, the our bodies of the useless and of the survivors.

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Jeshajahu Weinberg and Rina Elieli, The Holocaust Museum i n Washington (Ne w York: Rizzoli, 1995) , 17. 21. Daniel Libeskind, Countersign (Ne w York: Rizzoli, 1992) , 86-87. 22. For a more extensive discussion , se e Liliane Weissberg, "Memory Confined," documents 4-5 (1994) : 81-98; reprinted in Cultural Memory an d the Construction o f Identity, ed . Dan BenAmos and Liliane Weissberg (Detroit: Wayne State University Press , 1999) , 45-76. 23. Miles Lerman, undated letter mailed t o potential donors , spring 1993 .

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