The Biography of a Holocaust Photograph
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in and against the Soviet Union. Presenting never before seen photographs, Grief: The Biography of a Holocaust Photograph shows how Baltermants used the image of a grieving woman to render this gruesome mass atrocity into a transcendentally human tragedy.
David Shneer tells the story of how that one photograph from the series Baltermants took that day in 1942 near Kerch became much more widely known than the others, eventually being titled "Grief." Baltermants turned this shocking wartime atrocity photograph into a Cold War era artistic meditation on the profundity and horror of war that today can be found in Holocaust photo archives as well as in art museums and at art auctions. Although the journalist documented murdered Jews in other pictures
he took at Kerch, in "Grief" there are likely no Jews among the dead or the living, save for the possible NKVD soldier securing the site. Nonetheless, Shneer shows that this photograph must be seen as an iconic Holocaust photograph. Unlike images of emaciated camp survivors or barbed wire fences,
Shneer argues, the Holocaust by bullets in the Soviet Union make "Grief" a quintessential Soviet image of Nazi genocide.
Forlag: Oxford University Press Inc
Format: 24 x 17 cm
«Grief joins a burgeoning literature on Holocaust and wartime photography, and its innovative and daring approach will inspire untold numbers of scholars who follow in this field.»
«Shneer (formerly, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), the author of Through Soviet Jewish Eyes (CH, Sep'11, 49-0457), has written a book of considerable importance. Using the biography of Dmitri Baltermants, one of the most important Soviet photographers, Shneer details how Baltermants's most famous photo, Grief, depicting a woman grieving after finding her husband among hundreds of corpses massacred by the Nazis in the Crimean city of Kerch, came to exemplify the Holocaust.Summing Up: Highly recommended»
«In this brilliant, poignant book, David Shneer narrates the biographies of this photograph and the person who captured it. In doing so, Shneer also provides a brief history of photography within the Stalinist and post-Stalinist USSR, the importance of Kerch within the history of the Great Patriotic War, and the meanings of the Holocaust in Russia.»
Chapter 1: The Making of a War Photographer and the German Occupation of Kerch
Chapter 2: Witnessing Grief
Chapter 3: The Aftermath of Grief
Chapter 4: Producing and Displaying Grief
Chapter 5: Valuing Grief
Chapter 6: How Grief Became a Commodity
Chapter 7: Seeing the Holocaust in Grief