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Remembering to Forget

Holocaust Memory through the Camera’s Eye

Barbie Zelizer reveals the unique significance of the photographs taken at the liberation of the concentration camps in Germany after World War II. She shows how the photographs have become the basis of our memory of the Holocaust and how they have affected our presentations and perceptions of contemporary history’s subsequent atrocities. Impressive in its range and depth and illustrated with more than 60 photographs, Remembering to Forget is a history of contemporary photojournalism, a compelling chronicle of these unforgettable photographs, and a fascinating study of how collective memory is forged and changed.

"[A] fascinating study. . . . Here we have a completely fresh look at the emergence of photography as a major component of journalistic reporting in the course of the liberation of the camps by the Western Allies. . . . Well written and argued, superbly produced with more photographs of atrocity than most people would want to see in a lifetime, this is clearly an important book."—Omer Bartov, Times Literary Supplement

300 pages | 57 halftones | 6-5/8 x 9-3/8 | © 1998

Art: Photography

History: European History, General History

Media Studies

Table of Contents

I: Collective Memories, Images, and the Atrocity of War
II: Before the Liberation: Journalism, Photography, and the Early Coverage of Atrocity
III: Covering Atrocity in Word
IV: Covering Atrocity in Image
V: Forgetting to Remember: Photography as Ground of Early Atrocity Memories
VI: Remembering to Remember: Photography as Figure of Contemporary Atrocity Memories
VII: Remembering to Forget: Contemporary Scrapbooks of Atrocity
Selected Bibliography


International Communication Association: Best Book Award

Simon Wiesenthal Center: Bruno Brand Book Award

National Communication Association: Diamond Anniversary Book Award

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