In this lecture, Lukas Meissel (PhD candidate, Haifa University, and 2018-2019 Greenberg Research Fellow) presents the preliminary findings of his dissertation research about photographic practices in concentration camps, specifically photos taken by SS men, to argue that the SS photographs were used to create a specific visual narrative of the concentration camps that excludes significant aspects of the camps’ reality.
Featured Lecture: SS Photographs from Concentration Camps - Perpetrator sources and Counter Narratives of Victims
Lukas Meissel (PhD candidate, Haifa University, and 2018-2019 Greenberg Research Fellow)
April 1, 2020
What testimonies teach us: Reflections from 2019-2020 Shapiro Scholar Peter Hayes
I much enjoyed my stay at the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research in early March, just before the pandemic turned all of our lives upside down.Read more
April 1, 2020
“People were dying like flies”: A reflection on COVID-19 and epidemics during the HolocaustRead more
January 30, 2020
Bodies and the Memory of Emotions in Testimony
During my dissertation research on the history of fear in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933, a Corrie ten Boom fellowship provided the opportunity for me to visit the USC Shoah Foundation to explore the visual testimonies of the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive.Read more
April 5, 2019
Aprils in Sarajevo
On this day, 27 years ago, my city of Sarajevo became a besieged city, and remained such for the following four years. A seven-year old at the time, I remember those first days of April of 1992 well. On one of them, my family’s Yugo 45 – an iconic car model of the former Yugoslavia – broke down right next to the Kasarna Maršala Tita (military barracks), where the U.S. Embassy is located today. Without a car, we could not go home that night, so we returned to my grandparents’ house. Later that night, the Bosnian Serb forces took away all the Bosnian Muslim men from our street and killed them. That Yugo 45, which we sold for some firewood months later, saved my father. This is how I remember that April of 1992.Read more
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