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O. Ashkenazi: Still Lives – Jewish Photography in Nazi Germany
7 février – 13:00-15:00
Notre série “diversité et civilité” continue, avec des conférences en format atelier.
Ouvert à tou(te)s.
Our lecture series on “Diversity and Civility” continues with a selection of seminar presentations.
All are welcome.
Le CCEAE, le IRTG “Diversity” et le microprogramme en études juives, Université de Montréal, ont le plaisir de vous inviter chaleureusement à la conférence suivante :
Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi se propose d’explorer les photographies prises par des photographes juifs amateurs sous le régime national-socialiste. Prof. Ashkenazi est professeur associé en histoire à l’université hébraïque de Jérusalem et directeur du centre Koebner-Minerva pour l’histoire allemande.
La conférence aura lieu à la salle Lothar-Baier, située au 5e étage du 3744, rue Jean-Brillant.
Résumé de la conférence (en anglais):
« The talk considers photographs taken by non-professional Jewish photographers under the National Socialist regime. By the early 1930s, most German-Jewish families had used pocket-sized cameras to document their experiences, from domestic routines and family vacations to political gatherings, youth movement ceremonies, sports and religious events. I argue that, gazing at a rapidly changing environment after January 1933, amateur Jewish photographers utilized their cameras to reflect on the new reality, to make sense of it, and to reclaim agency in it. My analysis of the photographs underscores their dialogue with the visual imagery of the time, in particular the photographers’ efforts to restage familiar iconography outside of its original context. The photographs, however, were normally embedded in a larger collection, an album, which narrated the documented experiences, negotiated their meanings, and sought to construct their place in the shared memory of the historical moment they recorded. My analysis therefore places individual photographs within the context in which they were displayed and by acknowledging their role in the narrative of the album. As such, these photographs provide us with a unique case of “ego documents,” which reflect on experiences close to the time of their occurrences. In contrastto other ego documents of Jews under Nazism, photographs are abundant and represent a broader variety of perspectives, including those of children, young women, orphans, or working-class families. An analysis of tens of thousands of such photographs provides us with an exceptionally rich source for the study of Jewish experiences in Nazi Germany: of the various ways Jews perceived the new reality, sought to understand it and to confront its implications ».