Fritz Bauer Institute/Cinematography of the Holocaust

"Shoah" directed by Claude Lanzmann
"The Great Dictator" directed by Charles Chaplin

Under the supervision of the Fritz Bauer Institute film archivists, film historians and Holocaust researchers have been working since 1992 together with CineGraph, the Hamburg Centre for Film Research, the German Film Institute Frankfurt am Main and the German Film Museum Frankfurt am Main on the reconstruction and documentation of the central inventory of films on the history and repercussions of the Holocaust. The project has given rise to a databank containing information on film documents. The films stem mainly from the inventory of the US Army Signal Corps and other film documents of the Allies, which were shot during the liberation of the concentration camps by allied forces and depict the life of Holocaust survivors in the DP camps. Also included are film documents from German production after 1945, as well as American and Soviet anti-Nazi and anti-Fascist films from the thirties and forties.

Not only are the films themselves registered, but also historically relevant sources such as information on copying and screening history, film reviews, propaganda material, photos, educational recommendations and censor documents.

Since November 2000 the first comprehensive datafile has been accessible via internet. This publicly available information system of Cinematography of the Holocaust offers a transparent infrastructure for different user interests. The archive is accessible for interested laypersons, scientists, film-makers, journalists, educationalists and artists.

Once annually the work study group "Cinematography of the Holocaust" holds a congress with international participants where a key topic is dealt with. At the last congress in January the topic was "Holocaust and Popular Culture".

Fritz Bauer Institut Studien- und Dokumentationszentrum zur Geschichte und Wirkung des Holocaust
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D 60323 Frankfurt am Main
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