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Visualizing AtrocityArendt, Evil, and the Optics of Thoughtlessness$
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Valerie Hartouni

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738498

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738498.001.0001

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“Crimes against the Human Status”

“Crimes against the Human Status”

Nuremberg and the Image of Evil

(p.92) 4 “Crimes against the Human Status”
Visualizing Atrocity

Valerie Hartouni

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the use of the same documentary film footage shown fifteen years later in Jerusalem during the Nuremberg proceedings. Introduced at Nuremberg eight days into what was more or less an eight-month trial, the visual texts lent the proceedings a certain immediacy, urgency, and credibility. Indeed at the time, the visual texts had everything to do with how and for what “the Nazi regime was given official ‘criminal status’”; and likewise, they have everything to do with Nuremberg's legacy, as this legacy lives on in popular memory and understanding. The chapter then argues that a certain regime of truth was set in place at Nuremberg with respect to the images that established a set of imperatives about looking and a powerful set of rules for remembrance and understanding.

Keywords:   Nuremberg proceedings, Nazi regime, truth

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