Conference: Migrating Images and Image Migration

How Popular Culture Shapes the Visual History of the Holocaust – International Conference on the Visual History of the Holocaust, Jerusalem, 12.-14. September 2022

The conference explores the impact of historical film footage and photographs from Nazi atrocities on popular culture representations of the Holocaust, particularly on films, graphic novels, artworks, video games, and digital media.

Our memory of historical events, especially the Holocaust, is significantly shaped by films and other visual content. The conference explores the impact of historical film footage and photographs from Nazi atrocities on popular culture representations of the Holocaust, particularly on films, graphic novels, artworks, video games, and digital media. Artists, directors, creators, and producers from the local and international creative industries join scholars and researchers to discuss artistic methods of integrating, referencing, appropriating and curating liberation- and other Holocaust-related images and their effect on the memory of the Holocaust.




Venue: Jerusalem Cinematheque

18:00h Opening Event: Iconic Holocaust Imagery in Contemporary Visual Memory
Screening of À pas aveugles (From Where They Stood, France 2021) and Discussion with the Director Christophe Cognet
Chair: Yona Hanhart-Marmor (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


Venue: Mishkenot Sha’ananim Cultural & Conference Center

10:00–11:30h Panel: Migrating Images: From Visible Evidence to Visual Tropes of Atrocities

Lital Henig, Noga Stiassny (The Hebrew University) / Fabian Schmidt (Film University Babelsberg): Mediating Visual History of the Holocaust
Irina Tscherneva (CNRS-CERCEC): The Migration of Images in Post-War Trial Films in the USSR
Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann (The Hebrew University): Stranger Things and the Holocaust
Chair: Yael Ben-Moshe (The Hebrew University)

12:00–13:00h Presentation: Playing History: Attentat 1942 and Svodoba 1945 Liberation. A Walkthrough with Vit Sisler from Charles Games (Prague, Czech Republic)

Introduction: Lital Henig, Shir Ventura (The Hebrew University): Playful Images – Analyzing Holocaust Imagery in Digital and Virtual Environments

14:00–15:30h Artist Talk
Dana Arieli (Holon Institute of Technology, Faculty of Design)
Introduction: Noga Stiassny, Shir Ventura (The Hebrew University): Artistic Representations of the Holocaust
Chair: Gal Ventura (The Hebrew University)

16:00–17:30h Discussion: Researching and Curating Holocaust Imagery and Art

Lior Alperovitch (Bezalel Academy), Michael Loebenstein (Austrian Film Museum), Mirjam Wenzel (Jewish Museum Frankfurt), Rachel E. Perry (University of Haifa)
Chair: Sema Colpan (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History)

Venue: Jerusalem Cinematheque

Artist Talk & Screening
Gil Yefman (Trans-disciplinary Conceptual Artist)
Introduction: Noga Stiassny (The Hebrew University)
Chair: Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann (The Hebrew University)


Venue: Mishkenot Sha’ananim Cultural & Conference Center

09:30–10:30h Presentation: Mapping Multilayered Relations of a Migrating Image: Multimodal and Interactive Modes of Visual Research

Rasmus Greiner (University of Bremen), Noga Stiassny (The Hebrew University), Fabian Schmidt (Film University Babelsberg)
Chair: Ulrike Koppermann (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen)

10:30–11:30h Panel: Digital Resources for the Visual Memory of the Holocaust

David Kleingers (Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum): The Cinematography of the Holocaust Database
Liat Benhabib (Yad Vashem): The Yad Vashem Visual Center
Meir Russo and Hila Abraham (Israel Film Archive / Jerusalem Cinematheque): Travel Back in Time – The Israel Film Archive online
Chair: Anna Högner (Austrian Film Museum)

12:00–13:30h Panel: Digital HiStory Telling: The Holocaust in Digital Environments

Maya Kochavi (Stelo Stories): On Eva Stories
Marlene Wöckinger (Mauthausen Memorial): Holocaust Memory on YouTube and TikTok
Stephanie Billib (Bergen-Belsen Memorial): On Memory in the Digital Age
Nicole Steng (Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial): On The Liberation AR and ARt
Chair: Amit Pinchevski (The Hebrew University)

14:30–15:00h Presentation: Memification of the Holocaust
Julia Wittorf, Tom Divon (The Hebrew University)

15:00–16:00h Discussion: Hijacked Images: The Use and Misuse of Iconic Images in the Digital Age
Paul Frosh (The Hebrew University), Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann (The Hebrew University), Victoria Grace Walden (University of Sussex)

Venue: Jerusalem Cinematheque

Presentation: Exploring the Visual History of the Holocaust: A Visit to a New Digital Infrastructure
Ingo Zechner (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Digital History), Helmut Berger (max.recall information systems, Vienna)
Chair: Michael Loebenstein (Austrian Film Museum)


Horizon 2020 Innovation Action “Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age” at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


The conference is hosted by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in cooperation with the Jerusalem Cinematheque, the Center for Austrian Studies at the European Forum and the Cardinal Franz König Chair in Austrian Studies and organized within the framework of the 4-year EU Horizon 2020 project “Visual History of the Holocaust. Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age”, (, which started in 2019.

Host: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Attendance is free of charge, but places are limited. For participation, please register by sending an email to:

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