Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust

Monday, February 10th 2014 @ 6:30pm

Presented by David Shneer, PhD: Professor of History and Religious Studieis, Louis P. Singer Endowed Chair in Jewish History. University of Colorado Boulder.

In January 1942, David Shneerin the city of Kerch in southern Russia, three Jewish photographers working for the Soviet press became the first liberators to photograph the Holocaust.

Who were these photographers? What photographs did they take as journalists for the ‘other ally’ liberating sites of Nazi atrocities three years before Western allies? And why do we know so little about them and the story of how the Soviet Union confronted the earliest evidence of Nazi atrocities against Jews, Sinti/Roma, and others on the eastern front of World War II?

“Through Soviet Jewish Eyes” answers these questions and will force you to rethink cherished truths about the Holocaust and World War II.

Presented by the Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry.
Co-sponsored by The Center for German and European Studies, Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis Russian Club, Russian Studies Program.