History Department
History Department

Talk: "Bodies and Ruins: Imagining the Bombing of Germany, 1945-Present"

Thu, November 18, 2010 | AT&T Conference Center's Carillon Mezzanine, PDR 4

8:00 PM

Prof. Crew will speak about the 1945 bombing of Germany
Prof. Crew will speak about the 1945 bombing of Germany

A talk by Dr. David F. Crew, Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at The University of Texas at Austin will give a talk titled "Bodies and Ruins: Imagining the Bombing of Germany, 1945-Present."

When the Allies liberated the concentration camps in the spring of 1945, they took photographs of the dead and dying inmates which they believed would compel Germans to acknowledge their complicity in Nazi crimes. Germans responded with other photographs of the cities destroyed by Allied bombs, claiming these images showed that ordinary Germans, too, were victims of the war, not perpetrators or accomplices.

Crew will discuss one example of the ways Germans used photography after 1945 to depict Nazism, the Holocaust and World War Two, and he will examine how this attempt to create a visual antidote to the photographs from the camps has shaped German visual memory of the war since 1945.

Prof. Crew's faculty page

Thursday, Nov. 18
AT&T Center, 1900 University Avenue, Austin TX 78705
Carillon Mezzanine, PDR 4

To reserve your seat, RSVP  to Courtney Meador by Monday, Nov. 15 or call 512-471-5491.
This special event is free and open to public, but seating is limited and early reply is encouraged.

Flyer for event (PDF, 375KB)

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies, History Dept.

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