The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Consortium Member

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) is the leading university in Israel, and it is ranked among the best 100 universities worldwide. It stresses excellence and offers a wide array of research and study opportunities in various disciplines. The Department of Communication and Journalism is part of the Faculty of Social Science, the largest faculty of the Hebrew University with a total of 3,600 students and ranked among the world’s 100 leading faculties of social science. The department was ranked 37th place in communication studies and is the leading department of its kind in Israel. It offers a vivid research environment with productive intersections of excellent expertise in crucial fields related to the VHH project including visual culture studies, media studies, cinema studies and online media research. Besides the Department of Communication and Journalism the project is linked with the European Forum at the Hebrew University, a unique network of research centers related to different European countries, among them the DAAD Center for German Studies and the Center for Austrian Studies.

Role in the Project

With the phase of its implementation, Tobias-Ebbrecht Hartmann and his team at the Hebrew University took the lead in the work package dealing with the overall curatorial concept developed in the project. He and his team are also responsible for the task of the curation and advanced digitization of popular culture content including graphic novels, computer games, visual artworks and media art installations.
At the Hebrew University of Jerusalem VHH relates to interdisciplinary research networks in the field of visual history that result from the work of the research group “German Postwar Visual History in a European Framework” headed by Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann and funded by the DAAD Center for German Studies from 2015 to 2017, which organized workshops, lectures and scientific meetings dealing with questions of visual appropriation, migration of images, audio-visual heritage and visual historiography. The VHH project is embedded in a larger research focus on Digital Visual History that also includes the current research group “Commemorating the Holocaust in the Digital Age: Immersion, Augmentation, Virtual Reality” headed by Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann and funded by the DAAD Center for German Studies.
The Department of Communication and Journalism and the European Forum regularly also offer courses on “Global Holocaust Memory, Popular Cinema and the Digital Age”, “Memory Cultures in Germany and Europe” as well as “Digital Memory Cultures”, which are integrated in the research, development and testing of VHH content. Especially the workshop course “Producing Videoclips with Cinematic- Archival and Visual-Digital Materials” provide a forum for developing and testing elements of the project’s work.

Team Members

Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

Work Package Leader, member of the Management Board, HUJI team leader, researcher (curatorial concept, curation of popular culture content: films)


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Lital Henig

Researcher (curation of popular culture content: graphic novels & films)


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Talia Litvinov

Researcher (curation of popular culture content: literature & scanning) (until October 2020)


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Noga Stiassny

Researcher (curation of popular culture content: art)


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Shir Ventura

Research assistant


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Julia Marie Wittorf

Research assistant


The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Article Author

Commemorating from a distance: the digital transformation of Holocaust memory in times of COVID-19

Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann, Commemorating from a distance: the digital transformation of Holocaust memory in times of COVID-19, in: Media, Culture & Society (December 2020), 1-18.

Erweiterte Orte: Überlegungen zur virtuellen Transformation von Gedenkstätten

Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann, Erweiterte Orte: Überlegungen zur virtuellen Transformation von Gedenkstätten, in: Medaon – Magazin für jüdisches Leben in Forschung und Bildung, vol. 15, no. 28 (2021), 1-5.

Digital Digging: Traces, Gazes, and the Archival In-Between

Evelyn Kreutzer, Noga Stiassny: Digital Digging: Traces, Gazes, and the Archival In-Between, in: Research in Film and History. Audiovisual Traces, no. 4 (February 2022), S. 1–13.

The Auschwitz Tattoo in Visual Memory

Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann, Noga Stiassny, Fabian Schmidt: The Auschwitz Tattoo in Visual Memory. Mapping Multilayered Relations of a Migrating Image, in: Research in Film and History. Video Essays (November 2022), https://film-history.org/node/1129

Participation in Public Deliverables

D1.5 EU Commission Policy Brief

Contributor

D2.2 Literature Database

Contributor

D2.3 Digitized Collection of Text Documents related to Footage and Films

Contributor

D2.4 Database of Films, Artworks, and other Visual Culture Products

Author, Contributor

D2.5 Report on Digital Curation of Popular Culture Content

Author, Contributor

D2.6 Expert Videos on Popular Culture Content

Author, Contributor

D2.7 Advanced Digitization of Popular Culture Content

Author

D3.1 Definition of Engagement Levels, Usage Modes, and User Types

Author, Contributor

D3.2 Mind Map Visualizing Multimodal Curating

Contributor

D3.3 Ethics Guideline

Contributor

D3.4 Framework for Tool Kits, Best Practice Models and Future Network Activities

Author

D3.5 Concept: VHH i-docs

Author, Contributor

D4.1 Controlled Vocabularies Specification

Contributor

D8.2 Project Design and Identity Handbook [revised edition]

Contributor

Participation in Events

Pre-Kick-off Meeting

Meeting

Friday, 19.10.2018, 09:15 to Saturday, 20.10.2018, 18:00

Kick-off Meeting

Meeting

Wednesday, 27.02.2019, 09:15 to Friday, 01.03.2019, 20:00

Curation of Engagement Levels

Workshop

Monday, 20.05.2019, 09:00 to Tuesday, 21.05.2019, 17:00

Future Memory? Commemorating the Holocaust in the Digital Age

Presentation

Monday, 10.06.2019, 13:30

Taxonomy of Relations

Workshop

Monday, 19.08.2019, 13:30 to Tuesday, 20.08.2019, 17:00

Vocabularies

Workshop

Thursday, 21.11.2019, 13:45 to Friday, 22.11.2019, 17:00

Connecting the Fragments @Engaging the Past: Visual History of the Holocaust in the Digital Age

Presentation

Thursday, 16.01.2020, 10:00

75 Years after 1945: Liberation - A Moment in Time

Screening

Monday, 27.01.2020, 17:00 to Monday, 27.01.2020, 18:30

Citavi

Workshop

Thursday, 13.02.2020, 13:15 to Friday, 14.02.2020, 17:30

Seeing the Camps: Exploring the Visual Memory of the Holocaust

Presentation

Wednesday, 13.05.2020, 16:00

Digital Holocaust Memory - Observations before and since COVID-19

Presentation

Wednesday, 15.07.2020, 14:30

Images of Liberation – Visual Memory of the Holocaust

Teacher Training

Wednesday, 28.10.2020, 15:00 to Wednesday, 28.10.2020, 16:30

In Focus: Approaching the Visual History of the Holocaust through Digital Technology

Presentation

Tuesday, 24.11.2020, 16:00 to Tuesday, 24.11.2020, 17:30

Computerised Analysis of (Moving) Image Relations

Presentation

Wednesday, 25.11.2020, 11:00 to Wednesday, 25.11.2020, 12:00

Engaging with the Visual History of the Holocaust Through Digital Curation: The Case of the VHH-Media Management and Search Infrastructure

Presentation

Tuesday, 08.12.2020, 17:30 to Tuesday, 08.12.2020, 17:50

Relation Detection

Mini-Workshop

Tuesday, 26.01.2021, 14:00 to Tuesday, 26.01.2021, 17:00

Consortium Meeting

Meeting

Tuesday, 23.02.2021, 15:00 to Wednesday, 24.02.2021, 19:00

Migrating Images in the Digital Age: Multimodal Curation of Visual Records from the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps in Digital Infrastructures

Presentation

Thursday, 06.05.2021, 14:00 to Thursday, 06.05.2021, 15:00

Migrating Images of the Holocaust in the Digital Age: New Methods of Digital Curation

Presentation

Thursday, 03.06.2021, 15:00 to Thursday, 03.06.2021, 17:30

Teaching with Digital Exhibitions: The Gas Chamber and the VHH-MMSI

Presentation

Thursday, 03.06.2021, 15:00 to Thursday, 03.06.2021, 17:30

Relational Memories

Panel

Friday, 09.07.2021, 10:00 to Friday, 09.07.2021, 12:00

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

Panel

Friday, 24.09.2021, 11:30 to Friday, 24.09.2021, 13:30

Reconsidering Representations of the Holocaust – Digital Curation, Evidence and Remembrance Through the VHH Project

Roundtable

Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 17:30

Visual Histories of 20th Century Occupation

Webinar

Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 10:00 to Tuesday, 12.10.2021, 11:00

Digital Digging: Video-essayistic Practices and Archival Film

Presentation

Thursday, 21.10.2021, 18:00 to Thursday, 21.10.2021, 18:15

Using Images to Say the Unspeakable

Presentation

Thursday, 21.10.2021, 17:00 to Thursday, 21.10.2021, 17:20

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

Tuesday, 23.11.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 23.11.2021, 18:00

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

Research Seminar

Thursday, 28.04.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 28.04.2022, 18:00

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

Conference

Sunday, 08.05.2022, 18:00 to Tuesday, 10.05.2022, 17:00

Migrating Images and Image Migration: How Popular Culture Shapes the Visual History of the Holocaust

Conference

Monday, 12.09.2022, 18:00 to Wednesday, 14.09.2022, 20:00