Evgenii Khaldei, Budapest Ghetto, 1945
A part of the Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust exhibition at the CU Art Museum, based on David Shneer’s book of the same name.
Most view the relationship of Jews to the Soviet Union through the lens of repression and silence. Focusing on an elite group of two dozen Soviet-Jewish photographers, including Arkady Shaykhet, Alexander Grinberg, Mark Markov-Grinberg, Evgenii Khaldei, Dmitrii Baltermants, and Max Alpert, Through Soviet Jewish Eyes presents a different picture. These artists participated in a social project they believed in and with which they were emotionally and intellectually invested—they were charged by the Stalinist state to tell the visual story of the unprecedented horror we now call the Holocaust.
These wartime photographers were the first liberators to bear witness with cameras to Nazi atrocities, three years before Americans arrived at Buchenwald and Dachau.
Through Soviet Jewish Eyes helps us understand why so many Jews flocked to Soviet photography; what their lives and work looked like during the rise of Stalinism, during and then after the war; and why Jews were the ones charged with documenting the Soviet experiment and then its near destruction at the hands of the Nazis.
Reblogging because the curated exhibition Through Soviet Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust is coming to New York!
Professor David Shneer will be attending the exhibition’s opening at the New York Museum of Jewish Heritage on November 15, 6-8pm (event info). Register by November 7.
The critically acclaimed exhibition will run from November 16, 2012 - April 7, 2013.