Images in Spite of All
Four Photographs from Auschwitz
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Available today because they were smuggled out of the camp and into the hands of Polish resistance fighters, the photographs show a group of naked women being herded into the gas chambers and the cremation of corpses that have just been pulled out. Georges Didi-Huberman’s relentless consideration of these harrowing scenes demonstrates how Holocaust testimony can shift from texts and imaginations to irrefutable images that attempt to speak the unspeakable. Including a powerful response to those who have criticized his interest in these images as voyeuristic, Didi-Huberman’s eloquent reflections constitute an invaluable contribution to debates over the representability of the Holocaust and the status of archival photographs in an image-saturated world.
Praise For Images in Spite of All: Four Photographs from Auschwitz…
— William T. Vollman
"The choice to translate Didi-Huberman is timely. . . . The larger problematic of the (limits of) representation of the Holocaust remains a fraught subject for Western scholars, and Didi-Huberman's polemic takes the discussion in a new and productive direction."
— Susan A. Crane
University of Chicago Press, 9780226148168, 248pp.
Publication Date: October 15, 2008