Digital Testimony Collections about Nazi Persecution History, Education and Media

C) Visual media, websites, TV and film

The enormous sphere of activity of Public History is also displayed with regard to digital eyewitness interview collections that are increasingly being presented in the media. There are extensive eyewitness portals on the Internet operated by civil society initiatives, academic research facilities, as well as television and radio broadcasting stations. In the same way video-taped eyewitness interviews in both documentaries and feature films represent an element of bringing historical events to life today. This section will discuss whether specifically cinematic or media-driven forms of presentation of video-taped eyewitness interviews are developing in the area of visual media.

Fields of particular interest here are: I. How are the specific potentials of film and digital media for generating emotion and exerting influence deployed for aesthetic, narrative and cognitive addressing of the spectator? II. How do the new production and montage of already archived eyewitness interviews prefigure even discourses on the future perception of history for the medium of film? III. Should the role of the biographic narrative form and its translation into film and history accounts be examined? IV. Are the specific expressive and communicative dimensions of close-ups, facial expression etc. discussed with regard to their properties as aesthetic sources of empathy?