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Between memory culture and anti-Semitism. Self-conception and experience of Jewish filmmakers in the FRG


Dr. Lea Wohl von Haselberg
(Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)

The research project "Zwischen Erinnerungskultur und Antisemitismus. Selbstverständnis und Erfahrung jüdischer Filmschaffender in der BRD" (Self-conception and experience of Jewish filmmakers in the FRG) uses exemplary working biographies of Jewish directors to examine their experience and self-conception and ask about the possibility of German-Jewish film history after 1945. Jewish experience in German film and television is described and located in its historical conditionality. The project aims to develop a personalized model of media history in order to question current paradigms of film history - namely the narrative pattern that after the Shoah there had been no more Jewish filmmaking in the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as the established procedures for attributing Jewishity. This actor-centered approach represents a possible approach to the research area "Jewish Film", which is still young in German-speaking countries.