While there are hundreds of written reports on the pogrom of November 1938 in Nazi Germany, there are only a few (mainly press) photographs in the archives of The Wiener Library. A closer look reveals that in nearly all the places where synagogues and shops were plundered photos were taken. Some were made by press photographers, passersby or by the perpetrators – a few others even by Jews. In his talk, Christoph Kreutzmueller will discuss these photographs as historical sources and analyse different scenes, motifs, postures and perspectives.
About the Speaker
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 Berlin. Currently, he is preparing the new permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin, 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.
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