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Through Amateur EyesFilm and Photography in Nazi Germany$
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Frances Guerin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670062

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670062.001.0001

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On the Eastern Front with the German Army

On the Eastern Front with the German Army

Chapter:
(p.37) 2 On the Eastern Front with the German Army
Source:
Through Amateur Eyes
Author(s):

Frances Guerin

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670062.003.0002

This chapter examines photographs taken by soldiers, officers, accomplices, and bystanders on the Eastern Front during World War II in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It introduces a narrative of memory into the viewing process for contemporary viewers by explaining the distance between the camera and the events depicted and the temporal and geographical distance between then and now. It interprets the images for their possible placement in present discourses of witnessing war crimes on the Eastern Front, specifically in relation to the now canonical conceptions of bearing witness put forward by Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub. It also analyzes them for their contributions to ongoing discourses of modernity, as these discourses are evidenced in the technological developments visible in the image.

Keywords:   photographs, soldiers, Eastern Front, World War II, war crimes, Shoshana Felman, Dori Laub, modernity

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