"In the first fifteen years of the twenty-first century, a large number of films have been produced in Europe, the United States, Israel and elsewhere that have addressed the historical reality and the legacy of the Holocaust. Contemporary Holocaust cinema exists at the intersection of national cultural traditions, aesthetic conventions, and the inner logic of popular forms of entertainment. It also reacts to developments in both fiction and documentary films following the innovations of a postmodern aesthetic. With the number of witnesses to the atrocities of Nazi Germany dwindling, mediated representations of the Holocaust take on greater cultural significance. At the same time, as a result of the current shift in the role of direct witnessing, visual responses to the task of keeping memories alive have to readjust their value systems and reconsider their artistic choices. Both established directors and a new generation of filmmakers have tackled the ethically difficult task of finding a visual language for the representation of the past to which viewers can relate. Both geographical and spatial principles of Holocaust memory are frequently addressed in original ways. Another development concentrates on perpetrator figures, adding questions related to guilt and memory"--Publisher's description.
Introduction : the next chapter in the history of Holocaust cinema / Oleksandr Kobrynskyy and Gerd Bayer Transformations of Holocaust memory : frames of transmission and mediation / Aleida Assmann Supplementing Shoah : Claude Lanzmann's The Karski report and The last of the unjust / Sue Vice The act of digging : archaeology, photography and forensics in Birthplace and Holocaust by bullets / Brad Prager The willing amnesia : the Holocaust in post-Soviet cinema / Olga Gershenson Wilhelm Brasse's photographs from Auschwitz : testimony and photography in Irek Dobrowlski's The portraitist / Tomasz Łysak The singular Jew : representing national socialism's Jewish victims in recent historical cinema / Jennifer M. Kapczynski Locked doors and hidden graves : searching the past in Pokłosie, Sarah's key and Ida / Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann The ethics of perspective and the Holocaust archive : Spielberg's List, The boy in the striped pyjamas and Fateless / Martin Modlinger "The doctor is different" : ambivalent ethics, cinematic heroics and the figure of the Jewish doctor in Tim Blake Nelson's The grey zone / Erin McGlothlin On the cinematic Nazi / Aaron Kerner The Holocaust as case study : universalist rhetoric and national memory in Stefan Ruzowitsky's Radical evil / Oleksandr Kobrynskyy TV as a historical archive? : how epic family series memorialise the Holocaust / Marcus Stiglegger.
Includes bibliographical references, filmographies, and index.