VHH Research Seminar – Session 12: Writing the history of the Holocaust and of mass violence in Nazi-occupied Kharkiv

Presentation by Thomas Chopard and Irina Tcherneva

In the 12th session of CERCEC's H2020 "Visual History of the Holocaust" Research Seminar, Thomas Chopard (CREE-Inalco/CEFR) and Irina Tcherneva (CNRS-Eur’ORBEM) talk about visual records of Nazi atrocities in Kharkiv.

Between October 1941 and August 1943, during successive Nazi occupations, the city of Kharkiv in today’s Ukraine experienced several waves of violence against the Jewish population, prisoners of war, and civilians. The visual traces of the uncovering of these crimes were produced against the background of several liberations and thus in different institutional contexts. In order to historicize them, they need to be contextualized with other documents about war crimes in Kharkiv and its region. Thus, in their talk, Chopard and Tcherneva, discuss a variety of documents, examine their respective content as well as their omissions, and also ask which documents were made public and which remained locked up in the archives.

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).

This event poster features a film still showing four men, one in uniform and three in civilian clothes, probably examining evidence.
Research Seminar
Thursday, 16.06.2022, 16:00
Thursday, 16.06.2022, 18:00
(GMT+02:00) Vienna (Summertime)