Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors Stories and New Media Practices (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture)

Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors Stories and New Media Practices (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture) by Jeffrey Shandler 1503602893 9781503602892
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Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age explores the nexus of new media and memory practices, raising questions about how advances in digital technologies continue to influence the nature of Holocaust memorialization. Through an in-depth study of the largest and most widely available collection of videotaped interviews with survivors and other witnesses to the Holocaust, the University of Southern California Shoah Foundations Visual History Archive, Jeffrey Shandler weighs the possibilities and challenges brought about by digital forms of public memory.

The Visual History Archives holdings are extensive--over 100,000 hours of video, including interviews with over 50,000 individuals--and came about at a time of heightened anxiety about the imminent passing of the generation of Holocaust survivors and other eyewitnesses. Now, the Shoah Foundations investment in new digital media is instrumental to its commitment to remembering the Holocaust both as a subject of historical importance in its own right and as a paradigmatic moral exhortation against intolerance. Shandler not only considers the Archive as a whole, but also looks closely at individual survivors stories, focusing on narrative, language, and spectacle to understand how Holocaust remembrance is mediated.

Author: Jeffrey Shandler

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 232

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Publication Date: 2017-08-08


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