In recent years, scholars have shown that the Holocaust was not absent in East German post-war film. Despite these efforts, the argument appears to persist that Jewish victims (and thus modes of empathy and grief) did not exist within DEFA's historical imaginary. In this article, I take the concept of the emotionalized Jewish male as a new lens through which to reexamine the relationship between the Holocaust and anti-fascist memory politics in East German film. Tracing representations of Jews from the 1940s to the 1970s, I demonstrate how DEFA films produced the ‘face’ of Jewish protagonists as an affective and ethical site where the spectator engages with the past in an anti-fascist post-Holocaust public sphere.
- East German post-war film
- representations of Jews
- post-Holocaust memory
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Visual Arts and Performing Arts