Valérie Pozner

Valérie Pozner is research director and associated member of CERCEC, Center for Russian, Caucasian and Central European Studies (School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences, Paris). A specialist in Russian and Soviet Film history, she has conducted several projects related to the visual history of Jews in the Soviet Union, and the visual history of the Holocaust: The research project “Kinojudaica. Representations of Jews in Russian and Soviet Cinema from the 1920’s until the 1960’s” resulted in a book (Kinojudaica, Les representations des Juifs dans le cinema de Russie et d’Union soviétique des années 1910 aux années 1980, Paris-Toulouse, 2012) and a retrospective of more than 30 films at the Cinémathèque de Toulouse, at the Paris Museum of Jewish Art and History (MAHJ), at the Bologna Festival and at Cinémathèque Suisse. She also coordinated the collective project “CINESOV 1939–1945” (Soviet Cinema at War, 1939–1949), in which one of the main achievements was the exhibition “Filming the War. Soviet cameras confront the Holocaust, 1941–1946” on display in Paris at the Mémorial de la Shoah in 2015 (including a published catalogue). She is the former director of the French-Russian Research Center in Moscow (2006–2008), and has published more than 100 contributions in French, Russian, English and German on the history of Russian and Soviet cinema since 1992. She has also translated into French and published the main texts about cinema and film production by Lev Kuleshov, Boris Barnet, Viktor Shklovsky and the formalists. Among her recent publications (with Vanessa Voisin and Irina Tcherneva) is “Perezhit’ vojnu. Kinoindustrija v SSSR 1939–1949” (Moscow, 2018). A volume of the online historical journal “Conserveries mémorielles” on Soviet Film Propaganda during WWII is about to be published.

Participation in Events

Pre-Kick-off Meeting


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

Digital Memory. Towards a Research Repository on the Visual History of the Holocaust


Tuesday, 19.02.2019, 19:00 to Tuesday, 19.02.2019, 21:00

Kick-off Meeting


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

Advanced Digitization


Wednesday, 20.03.2019, 09:30 to Friday, 22.03.2019, 16:00

Allied Attempts to Cover Nazi Crimes on Film. What Questions can the Footage Answer?


Friday, 13.12.2019, 10:30 to Sunday, 15.12.2019, 13:00

Participation in Media Reports

Champ contre-champ, les images des camps

Radio France, France Culture, Le Cours de l’histoire, Monday, 27.01.2020

CERCEC team leader, expert on Soviet film and related documents about the Holocaust, main contact and representative of CERCEC
CERCEC – EHESS, 54 boulevard Raspail, 75006 Paris – France