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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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At Home, at Play, on Vacation with Eva Braun: From the Berghof to YouTube and the Imperative to Remember

At Home, at Play, on Vacation with Eva Braun: From the Berghof to YouTube and the Imperative to Remember

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(p.217) 5 At Home, at Play, on Vacation with Eva Braun: From the Berghof to YouTube and the Imperative to Remember
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Through Amateur Eyes
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Frances Guerin

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670062.003.0005

This chapter analyzes the home movies and family albums of Eva Braun. As Adolf Hitler’s mistress, Braun had unprecedented access to Hitler and his immediate circle, thus giving her images the potential to reveal many secrets about herself and Hitler. It interprets the images for their conversation with visual modernity in their midst, as well as their contribution to a more complicated picture of Braun and, by extension, the role of women in the political and social elite of Nazi Germany. It describes their uniqueness, being documents of a single person’s life and extends to their documentation of her identity as a well-known historical figure, thus belonging to a different memory culture. It explains her association with the images as the reason for their distance to the present. In turn, this distance enables a different kind of witnessing from that explored in relation to other images.

Keywords:   Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany, memory culture, home movies, family albums, documentation

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