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On the Death of Jews
Photographs and History
Translated from the French by Sarah Clift
With a Foreword by Dorota Glowacka
131 pages, 8 illus., bibliog.
ISBN 978-1-78920-881-8 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Not Yet Published (March 2021)
ISBN 978-1-78920-924-2 $24.95/£19.95 Pb Not Yet Published (March 2021)
eISBN 978-1-78920-882-5 eBook Not Yet Published
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 1941, on a shore near the Latvian city of Liepaja, Nazi death squads and local collaborators murdered in three days more than 2,700 Jews, the majority of whom were women and children, most men having already been shot during the summer. The murderers took pictures of the December killings. These photographs are among the very rare pictures from the first period of the extermination, during which more than a million Jews from the Baltic to the Black Sea were shot to death. By showing the importance of photography in understanding persecution, Nadine Fresco offers a powerful meditation on the images while confronting the essential questions of testimony and guilt.
Nadine Fresco is a French historian and an honorary researcher at the National Center for Scholarly Research in Paris. She is the author of, among other books, Fabrication d’un antisémite (1999), and La Mort des juifs (2008), a collection of texts in which On the Death of Jews: Photographs and History first appeared.