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 Public Deliverables

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


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

Soviet Film Archives in the Light of Digital Humanities


Thursday, 23.01.2020, 10:00 to Friday, 24.01.2020, 18:00

Consortium Meeting


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

VHH Research Seminar – Session 1: The Making of Majdanek – Cemetery of Europe (1944)

Research Seminar

Thursday, 25.02.2021, 16:00 to Thursday, 25.02.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 2: Dziga Vertov’s Blood for Blood (1941) in the Interval of Fall 1941

Research Seminar

Friday, 26.03.2021, 16:00 to Friday, 26.03.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 3: Soviet Footage on Nazi Crimes and Its Textual Documentation: Identification and Research Issues

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 06.04.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 06.04.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 4: Un-Seen: The Manyfold Lives of a 1943 Deportation Film Footage across the East-West Divide

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 18.05.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 18.05.2021, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 5: Soviet Filmed Atrocity Images on American Movie Screens, 1942–1945, and Some Partial Answers to the Questions of What, When, Where and By Whom?

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 15.06.2021, 18:00 to Tuesday, 15.06.2021, 20:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 6: Towards a Forensic Cinema

Research Seminar

Tuesday, 26.10.2021, 16:00 to Tuesday, 26.10.2021, 18:00

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 8: Analyzing visual “text” – films taken by German soldiers in Poland

Research Seminar

Wednesday, 05.01.2022, 16:00 to Wednesday, 05.01.2022, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 9: Soviet Footage of War Crimes, between Propaganda and Judicial Evidence, 1941–1946

Research Seminar

Thursday, 13.01.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 13.01.2022, 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

VHH Research Seminar – Session 11: By Filming, by Writing. Photographic Testimonies of the Nazi Camps

Research Seminar

Thursday, 09.06.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 09.06.2022, 18:00

VHH Research Seminar – Session 12: Writing the History of the Holocaust and of Mass Violence in Nazi-Occupied Kharkiv

Research Seminar

Thursday, 16.06.2022, 16:00 to Thursday, 16.06.2022, 18:00

Documenting Nazi Crimes through Film: Soviet Union, 1942–1945


Thursday, 24.11.2022, 09:30 to Sunday, 27.11.2022, 16:30

Participation in Media Reports

Champ contre-champ, les images des camps

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

Participation in Videos

VHH Research Seminar – Session 3: Soviet Footage on Nazi Crimes and Its Textual Documentation: Identification and Research Issues

Tuesday, 06.04.2021

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