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    Auschwitz, the history of two albums. A transmedia educational project

    Canopé / FMS - 2015

    To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops on January 27, 1945, the Canopé network and the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah republished Auschwitz Album, an outstanding historical record with nearly 200 photographs of the Nazis’ biggest death camp. The album is part of a transmedia educational project (book, DVD, webumentary).

    1945: Lili Jacob, an Auschwitz survivor, finds an abandoned photo album made by an unknown SS officer. This exceptional visual testimony shows a transport of Hungarian Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau and follows them to the gas chambers (1944).

    2007: An anonymous donor gives the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington another photo album. Its first owner, Karl Höcker, was the adjutant commandant at Auschwitz. It shows the daily life of the SS men in the camp.

    2009: Blanche Finger and William Karel make Auschwitz Album(s), a documentary about the two albums’ history and the woman who found the first one, Lili Jacob.

    2015: The Canopé network and the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah co-publish the transmedia project "Auschwitz, the History of Two Albums".


    Auschwitz Album: an exceptional document

    Serge Klarsfeld edited this unabridged facsimile of Lili Jacob’s Auschwitz Album (193 photos). It includes historical analyses, a summary of how Auschwitz-Birkenau operated and a biography of Lili Jacob (in French).

    A transport of Hungarian Jews arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau, May 1944. From Auschwitz Album (Canopé/FMS, 2015)


    Foreword to the 2005 edition: Simone Veil 

    Forewords to the present edition: Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research, and David de Rothschild, president of the Foundation for the Memory of the Shoah


    Auschwitz Album(s), a film by Blanche Finger and William Karel

    Based on the two albums and Lili Jacob’s testimony, the film puts the daily lives of Auschwitz victims and their executioners into perspective.


    Bonus DVD:

    • An interview with the filmmakers about the making of the documentary
    • An interview with Annette Wieviorka placing the albums and their discovery into the context of Auschwitz-Birkenau’s history.
    • An interview with Sylvie Lindeperg explaining the place that the albums and their discovery holds in the history of images and iconographic documents attesting to the Holocaust.

    All of the content (in French) is accessible to the hearing-impaired and clear of rights for use in classrooms.


    The Two Auschwitz Albums, an educational webumentary

    Online since January 27, 2015:


    The Two Auschwitz Albums features approximately 100 photos, dozens of texts, historical summaries and the entire interview with Lili Jacob, making it a helpful resource for teaching the history of the Holocaust.

    This free and freely accessible webumentary is intended for all, but especially the education community. Fifty-eight pictures from The Auschwitz Album and Lili Jacob’s filmed testimony are clear of rights for use in classrooms.

    An exclusive personal pedagogical space is reserved for owners of Auschwitz Album.


    Presentation of the project to the Ministry of National Education

    National Education and Research Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Serge Klarsfeld and Jean-Marc Merriaux, head of the Canopé network, presented the "Auschwitz, the History of Two Albums" transmedia project on Monday, January 26, 2015.

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