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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VHH Research Seminar – Session 7: How to Tell the Story of Liberated Concentration Camps: On the Written Documents of British Cameramen and Filmmakers

Research Seminar
23.11.2021, 16:00 to 23.11.2021, 18:00

In the seventh session of CERCEC's H2020 "Visual History of the Holocaust" Research Seminar, Ulrike Weckel (Justus Liebig University Giessen) explores what the written documents of British cameramen and filmmakers can tell us about their perceptions of Allied atrocity films.

VHH Research Seminar – Session 6: Towards a Forensic Cinema

Research Seminar
26.10.2021, 16:00 to 26.10.2021, 18:00

In the sixth session of CERCEC's H2020 "Visual History of the Holocaust" Research Seminar, Fabian Schmidt and Alexander Zöller (both Film University Babelsberg) speak about film practices during the Holocaust.

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Mapping Visual History of the Holocaust in the Digital Age: Approaching Holocaust Memory through Digitized Moving Images in the Visual History of the Holocaust and the Ephemeral Films Projects

24.09.2021, 11:30 to 24.09.2021, 13:30

The presentation introduces two online infrastructures that offer advanced search functions and online tools for viewing, reviewing, annotating and connecting moving images from the era of National Socialism and the Holocaust.

Media Reports

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”



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.


Atrocity Film

Fabian Schmidt, Alexander Oliver Zöller, Atrocity Film, in: Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe, no. 12 (2021), 1-80.

What if the SS as the main Nazi organisation responsible for the Holocaust produced a secret film about the persecution and murder of the European Jews during World War 2?