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On the Death of Jews: Photographs and History

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On the Death of Jews

Photographs and History

Nadine Fresco
Translated from the French by Sarah Clift
With a Foreword by Dorota Glowacka

131 pages, 8 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-881-8 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (February 2021)

ISBN  978-1-78920-924-2 $24.95/£19.95 Pb Not Yet Published (February 2021)

eISBN 978-1-78920-882-5 eBook Not Yet Published

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Praise for the French edition:
“Demonstrating with rigor the perversity of “revisionism,” in particular its biased use of sources, [Fresco] also reveals intellectual genealogy.” • Le Monde

“A meticulous and shocking investigation of eight horrific pictures, in which the progressive revelation of the truth is reminiscent of Daniel Mendelssohn’s Les disparus” • L’Arche

“Emotion, sensitivity, and suffering are not the enemies of precision or historical rigor and can sometimes make it more substantial, even more accurate. This is what Nadine Fresco manages to do with strength and brilliance, through a steady effort of writing, in this moving book.” • Politis

“It is on the basis of these terrible photos that Nadine Fresco will examine the persecution to which the Jews have been subjected over the centuries in order to achieve the unspeakable murderous madness of the Shoah.” • ArtPress

“Nadine Fresco addresses the major problems posed today by the history of genocide: responsibility and implementation of the decision, the abundance of countries where these massacres were perpetrated, the extent of extermination, and remembrance, particularly in German society after the Second World War.” • L’Ours


In December of 1941, on a beach near the Latvian city of Liepāja, Nazi death squads and local collaborators murdered over 2,700 Jews, the culmination of a monthslong campaign of genocidal violence. Although ostensibly on the geographical margins of the Holocaust, these killings remain well-remembered today for the rare photographic evidence they left behind. In this trenchant meditation on the Liepāja images, Nadine Fresco argues for the vital importance of photographs and other nontraditional sources for understanding the Holocaust. She confronts charged questions around guilt and testimony while teasing out the subtle implications of photographic detail, helping to illuminate the perspectives of those who witnessed the brutality of the Holocaust.

Nadine Fresco is a researcher at the National Center for Scholarly Research in Paris. She is co-editor of the scholarly journal Le Genre humain and co-editor, with Martine Leibovici, of Anne-Lise Stern’s Le savoir-déporté. Camps, histoire, psychanalyse (2004) and  the author of, among other books, Fabrication d’un antisémite (1999), and La Mort des juifs (2008).

Subject: Genocide History Media Studies Jewish Studies
Area: Central/Eastern Europe


List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations

Dorota Glowacka



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