The Witness as Object: Video Testimony in Memorial Museums

Author
Steffi De Jong
Content Type
Book
Institution
Berghahn Books
Abstract
In recent years, historical witnessing has emerged as a category of "museum object." Audiovisual recordings of interviews with individuals remembering events of historical importance are now integral to the collections and research activities of museums. They have also become important components in narrative and exhibition design strategies. With a focus on Holocaust museums, this study scrutinizes for the first time the new global phenomenon of the "musealization" of the witness to history, exploring the processes, prerequisites, and consequences of the transformation of video testimonies into exhibits.
Topic
Mass Media, Media, Holocaust, Museums
Political Geography
United States, United Kingdom, Israel, Global Focus