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Visszatérés a tett színhelyére
Returning to the crime scene

The trauma of the Holocaust in Hungarian documentaries from the Kádár era

Author(s): Lóránt Stőhr
Subject(s): Victimology, Film / Cinema / Cinematography, History of Antisemitism
Published by: Pompeji Alapítvány
Keywords: documentary; trauma; Holocaust; politics of memory

Summary/Abstract: In this article I explore three Hungarian documentaries made under János Kádár’s regime, representing the trauma of the Holocaust. The three documentaries, Eva A 5116 (1964), The Visit (1982) Package Tour (1985) have the common narrative of the journey, returning to the past to the location and/or the reminiscences of the traumatic events. The analyses examine filmmakers’ strategies of interpreting Holocaust survivals’ facing and struggling with the trauma, psychological consequences of time elapsed since the traumatic event, and the changing filmmaking style and focus of the representation affected by the actual politics of memory and the dominant documentary paradigm.

  • Issue Year: XV/2020
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 25-50
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Hungarian