Fresh Angles: Austria through the Eyes of Amateur Filmmakers

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October 27, 2015, 7:00pm
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024

The audiovisual memory of the Nazi era remains vastly dominated by official images created by the Nazi propaganda machine. To address this shortcoming, the Museum collaborated with the Austrian Film Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute to highlight a collection of ephemeral films mostly shot by amateur filmmakers. The films depict vibrant prewar Jewish life in Austria, the turmoil of the Nazis taking power, and the persecution of Jews after the Anschluss, including films mostly shot by Americans. An innovative web application, based on open-source technology, dynamically displays an extensive geographical, historical, and academic analysis of each film.

Lindsay Zarwell, Archivist, Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Ingo Zechner, Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society, and Associate Director, IFK International Research Center for Cultural Studies

Co-presented with the Austrian Film Museum and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society and made possible with the support of the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria

Flyer (pdf)


Die Presse (02.11.2015)

Smithsonian Magazine (09.11.2015)