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

Presentation by Clara Royer

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.

In her talk , Clara Royer speaks about ethical questions that Hungarian director László Nemes and herself faced in the course of their historical research for the screenplay of their film Son of Saul (2015). Moreover she discusses the challenges that the creative process posed for them as members of the third-generation of Holocaust survivors in terms of representation, storytelling and dealing with cinematic and literary images, from first-hand accounts to Hollywood productions.

Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann will comment on Royer’s presentation. The rest of the session will be open to general discussion.

H2020 “Visual History of the Holocaust”. Research Seminar 2021–2022:

As part of the Horizon 2020 project “Visual History of the Holocaust”, this seminar focuses on film documents created by Soviet filmmakers during the liberation of Nazi-occupied territories. The history of the Holocaust in Eastern Europe, the literature on mass violence, and the history of still and moving images serve to contextualize this little-known corpus of Soviet film images documenting Nazi crimes. Participants are invited to examine the period from 1941 to 1947, and thus to consider the different phases in which the identity of the victims was explicitly discussed or ignored. The seminar aims to engage in a dialog about the visual traces of Nazi atrocities in Central and Eastern Europe and the USSR. The Research Seminar 2021–2022 is hosted by CERCEC and coordinated by Valérie Pozner and Irina Tcherneva.


For participation please register by sending an email (Subject: VHH Research Seminar Registration) to Irina Tcherneva (irina.tcherneva@palimpsestes.net).

Upcoming Sessions:

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 16:00–18:00 CET
Christophe Cognet (film director, screenwriter, author of the book Éclats. Prises de vue clandestines des camps nazis and of the documentary film À pas aveugles): “By filming, by writing. Photographic testimonies of the Nazi camps”

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 16:00–18:00 CET
Thomas Chopard (CERCEC): “Writing the history of the Holocaust and of mass-violence in Nazi-occupied Kharkov”

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

Thursday, 28.04.2022, 16:00

Clara Royer: Presentation in CERCEC's H2020 "Visual History of the Holocaust" Research Seminar.

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.
Research Seminar
Thursday, 28.04.2022, 16:00
Thursday, 28.04.2022, 18:00
(GMT+02:00) Vienna (Summertime)