Smooth Transitions where there are none: Liberation Footage and the Holocaust


Fr, 30/11/2018 – 11:00


Star Inn Hotel, Bahnhofsplatz 5-7, Bremen

Talk by Ingo Zechner at the conference “Research in Film and History”

In “Nuit et brouillard” (1955) Alain Resnais uses smooth transitions between shots, color and black and white images, the presence and the past, concentration camps and extermination camps, to suggest a nexus where there sometimes is none or a different one than suggested. Ingo Zechner will take examples of such transitions and discuss how they contributed to a very common misunderstanding of the relation between the concentration camp system and the Holocaust. He will present new technologies to trace and (re-)contextualize these images.

The talk is part of the Panel Presentation “EU Horizon 2020 ‘Liberation Footage and Digital Approaches’” by Michael Loebenstein, Irina Tcherneva, Ulrike Weckel & Ingo Zechner

Organizer: University of Bremen
Cooperation partners: Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age (VHH)