The EU Horizon 2020 project “Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age” (2019–2022) explores the potentials as well as the limitations of digital technologies in the ongoing effort to preserve, analyze and communicate historical evidence of the Holocaust, and in particular audiovisual records. It is coordinated by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History (Vienna), in close collaboration with the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna).

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Dunkles Erbe: Digitales Kuratieren von Holocaust-Filmen

Upcoming and Recent Events

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Moving Images from the Archives. Historical Footage of Nazi Crimes in Documentaries

08.05.2022, 18:00 to 10.05.2022, 17:00
Frankfurt am Main

Why do we move the Allies’ film images from the archives, make them move on screen, and make them move us?

This event poster shows a photograph shot secretly through the gas chamber's doorway or window and showing the cremation of corpses in a fire pit.

VHH Research Seminar – Session 10: Between Fiction and History: Ethical Questions during the Historical Research for Son of Saul

Research Seminar
28.04.2022, 16:00 to 28.04.2022, 18:00

In the tenth session of CERCEC's H2020 "Visual History of the Holocaust" Research Seminar, Clara Royer (Sorbonne University) discusses ethical questions raised during historical research for a film project.

Scan of filmstrip showing soldiers walking past ruins. Green rectangles mark up the figures.

Tracing Visual Evidence of the Holocaust: Challenges of the Digital Curation of Liberation Footage across Archives and Disciplines

26.04.2022, 09:00 to 26.04.2022, 10:30

Archivists, curators, and scholars discuss curatorial, ethical, technical, and conceptual considerations and approaches of working with atrocity footage.

Media Reports

Media Report

Kulturzeit extra: Auschwitz und wir – Wie der Shoah gedenken?

3sat - Thursday, 27.01.2022

TV report by Sandra Krieger as part of the broadcast series "Kulturzeit"

Media Report

Bildsprache des Massenmords: Digitalisierungsprojekt „Visual History of the Holocaust"

SWR2 - Wednesday, 27.01.2021

Radio feature by Sabine Mahr as part of the broadcast series „SWR2 am Morgen” on SWR2, a radio channel of the Südwestrundfunk (the regional public broadcasting corporation for the southwest of Germany)

Media Report

Holocaust-Gedenken auf Instagram und Co

Der Standard - Wednesday, 27.01.2021

Newspaper article by Bert Rebhandl published in the science section of the Austrian daily “Der Standard”


Press Information

Visual History of the Holocaust: Schedule 2022

Thursday, 27.01.2022

At the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2022, the international research project "Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age" (VHH) presents its schedule for 2022.


D1.5 EU Commission Policy Brief

This first out of two Policy Briefs of the VHH Horizon 2020 Innovation Action presents policy recommendations on a framework and roadmap for the digitization of cultural heritage.


The Westerbork Film Revisited: Provenance, the Re-Use of Archive Material and Holocaust Remembrances

Fabian Schmidt, The Westerbork Film Revisited: Provenance, the Re-Use of Archive Material and Holocaust Remembrances, in: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, no. 40/4 (2020), 702-731.

The essay analyses modifications of the Westerbork footage that were applied most likely during the 1980s and discusses ethical questions about dealing with archival footage.


Bildraum und Ausstellungsraum. Reenactment und Immersion?

Ulrike Koppermann, Bildraum und Ausstellungsraum. Reenactment und Immersion?, in: Visual History, 22.02.2021,

At museums and memorial sites, the interpretation of a photograph greatly depends on its presentation, but on closer examination, some spatial arrangements raise ethical questions.