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Living Room Witnesses: The Holocaust on American Television

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Over the course of the second half of the twentieth century, the Holocaust became a powerful presence in the North American moral landscape. Perhaps more than any other source, television has played a leading role in forging this remarkable relationship, given both the scope of the medium’s many presentations on this subject to mass audiences and the distinctive nature of how people watch television.

Illustrated with clips from American telecasts that originally aired between the 1950s to the 1990s, HEW 2017 Scholar-in-Residence Professor Jeffrey Shandler considers the different ways that the medium of television has enabled people in North America to feel that they are morally charged witnesses to one of the most disturbing chapters of history. Examples include excerpts from early documentaries, popular weekly drama series and news reports. After his lecture, Shandler is joined by Adam Nayman, film critic at The Globe and Mail and documentary film instructor at Ryerson's School of Journalism, to discuss the nuances of visualizing the Holocaust.

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