Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Through Amateur EyesFilm and Photography in Nazi Germany$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Frances Guerin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670062

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670062.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MINNESOTA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.minnesota.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MNSO for personal use.date: 01 July 2022

On the Eastern Front with the German Army

On the Eastern Front with the German Army

(p.37) 2 On the Eastern Front with the German Army
Through Amateur Eyes

Frances Guerin

University of Minnesota Press

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

Minnesota Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.