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Grief: The Biography Of A Holocaust Photograph

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Sep 1, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280
(646) 437-4202
$10
Join us for a conversation with Russian-Jewish history scholar David Shneer and historian Yigal Kotler about Shneer’s new book and the role of Soviet photography during the Holocaust. In January 1942, Soviet press photographers came upon a scene like none they had ever documented. That day, they took pictures of the first liberation of a German mass atrocity, where an estimated 7,000 Jews and others were executed at an anti-tank trench near Kerch on the Crimean peninsula. Dmitri Baltermants, a Soviet photojournalist, took photos that day that would have a long life in shaping the image of Nazi genocide in and against the Soviet Union. Presenting never before seen photographs, Grief: The Biography of a Holocaust Photograph shows how Baltermants used the image of a grieving woman to render this gruesome mass atrocity into a transcendentally human tragedy. Unlike images of emaciated camp survivors or barbed wire fences, Shneer argues, the Holocaust by bullets in the Soviet Union make Grief a quintessential Soviet image of Nazi genocide.
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Location Info

36 Battery Place
Battery Park City
New York, NY 10280