“A First in History: Film as Evidence in the Nuremberg Trials”
Christian Delage’s lecture will focus on the double role that film played in the Nuremberg trials. When the Allied forces of World War II formed an international tribunal to prosecute Nazi war crimes, they introduced two major innovations to court procedure. The prosecution projected film footage and newsreels shot by British, Soviet, and American soldiers as they discovered Nazi camps. These images, presented as human testimony and material evidence, were instrumental in naming and prosecuting war crimes. At the same time, the Nuremberg tribunal was filmed so that the memory of “the greatest trial in history” would remain strong in future generations.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tour of the exhibition guided by historian and curator Christian Delage
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. “A First in History: Film as Evidence in the Nuremberg Trials”, a lecture by historian and curator Christian Delage – including a live stream for teachers, who would like to view the lecture remotely.
Christian Delage is a historian, filmmaker, and curator. He is currently Professor at the University of Paris 8 and the director of the Institute for the History of the Present Time (National Center for Scientific Research). He is also a regular Visiting Professor at the Cardozo Law School (New York City). Since the mid-1990s he has worked on the history of the Holocaust, the filmed record of the liberation of the Nazi camps, and the Nuremberg trials. In 2006, his book “La Vérité par l’image: De Nuremberg au procès Milosevic” was published in France, and in 2007 his documentary “Nuremberg: The Nazis Facing Their Crimes” premiered at Lincoln Center. He also served as a policy advisor on the filming of the Khmer Rouge trials, and produced “Cameras in the Courtroom,” a documentary discussing the issues of filming trials. Delage has shaped the permanent exhibition of the Compiegne’s Internment and Deportation Memorial. His last film, “From Hollywood to Nuremberg: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens,” has just won an award from the SCAM (the French Documentary Filmmakers Association). In 2014, Delage published, at Penn Press, “Caught on Camera: Film in the Courtroom from the Nuremberg Trials to the Trials of the Khmer Rouge.” He recently wrote a piece in the collective book, “Getting the Picture: The Visual Culture of the News,” edited by Jason Hill and Vanessa R. Schwartz, published at Bloomsbury in February 2015.
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A free workshop for teachers and educators organized by the Mémorial de la Shoah and hosted by the Dallas Holocaust Museum, with the support of the Consulate General of France in Houston, the Embassy of France in the United States, and SNCF.
This workshop is organized in conjunction with the presentation of “Filming the Camps, from Hollywood to Nuremberg: John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens” at the Dallas Holocaust Museum, an exhibition curated by historian and film director Christian Delage, designed, created, and distributed by the Mémorial de la Shoah (Paris, France), and made possible through the generous support of SNCF.
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