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Honorary Doctorate for Ann Rigney

  • 15 September, 2017

Second Annual Conference of the Memory Studies Association

  • December 14-16 2017; Copenhagen, Denmark

Exhibiting Photos of the Holocaust: A Seminar with Christoph Kreutzmüller

  • January 10, 2018; 15.00-17.00; Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 005; Utrecht University

Exhibiting Photos of the Holocaust: A Seminar with Christoph Kreutzmüller

Exhibiting Photos of the Holocaust: A Seminar with Christoph Kreutzmüller
  • January 10, 2018; 15.00-17.00; Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 005; Utrecht University
„The eye is a strong seducer“, the German author Erich Maria Remarque once quipped – and was right. How we look at history is invaribly shaped by the photographs we look at. What does this mean for exhibtions on the Holocaust – a process in which most pictures were taken by the perpetrators? Based on a discussion of various exhibtions in Berlin, and on his experience as a curator for the new permanent exhibtion at the Jewish Museum Berlin, Christoph Kreutzmüller will address these issues.

Christoph Kreutzmüller is a historian. Between 2005 and 2013 he coordinated two large research projects on Jewish commercial life in Berlin (1930-1945) and on Jewish Life in Berlin (1918-1938) at the Humboldt University. Since then he has been working at two major sites of memory in Berlin, the Haus der Wannsee Konferenz, and the Jewish Museum. Currently, he is preparing the new permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum, focussing in particular on a segment entitled “Catastrophe”, which relates the reactions of the Jews in Germany to Nazi persecution. 
 He has published extensively on the importance of analysing photographs as historic sources and not as mere illustrations. His sourcebook “Fixiert. Fotografische Quellen zur Verfolgung und Ermordung der Juden in Europa. Eine pädagogische Handreichung“ has been recently published by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Federal Agency for political Education). Other publications include National Economies: Volks-Wirtschaft, Racism and Economy in Europe between the Wars (2015, co-editor Michael Wildt and Moshe Zimmermann); the prize-winning Final Sale in Berlin. The Destruction of Jewish Commercial Activity, 1930-1945 (Berghahn, 2015) and The Participants. The Men of the Wannsee Conference, co-edited with Hans-Christian Jasch (Berghahn, 2017).