The Witness As Object

Video Testimony in Memorial Museums

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Steffi de Jong
  • New York, NY: 
    Berghahn Books
    , January
     2018.
     280 pages.
     $120.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781785336430.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Yaniv Feller forthcoming.

Description

In recent years, historical witnessing has emerged as a category of "museum object." Audiovisual recordings of interviews with individuals remembering events of historical importance are now integral to the collections and research activities of museums. They have also become important components in narrative and exhibition design strategies. With a focus on Holocaust museums, this study scrutinizes for the first time the new global phenomenon of the "musealization" of the witness to history, exploring the processes, prerequisites, and consequences of the transformation of video testimonies into exhibits.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Steffi de Jong is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cologne’s Institute for Contemporary History. She obtained her doctorate from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and has held positions at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and Maastricht University. Her publications include articles in the International Handbook of Museum Studies and WerkstattGeschichte.

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