The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Austrian Film Museum, and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society collaborated in this project to fully digitize and annotate unique collections of ephemeral films from the Nazi period in Austria.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. The Museum is America’s national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history. It serves as the country’s memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. The Museum was established in 1980 by a unanimous Act of Congress and opened to the public in 1993.
The Museum’s Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive is one of the world’s most comprehensive resources for audiovisual records pertaining to the Holocaust and World War II and contains more than 1,045 hours of archival footage. An invaluable repository of evidence for scholars and the general public alike, the Archive acquires and preserves film footage from sources throughout the United States and abroad and ensures accurate documentation of its holdings. To learn more and watch films from the collection, visit www.ushmm.org/online/film.
Austrian Film Museum
The Austrian Film Museum (ÖFM) is a cinema but also a museum, with exhibitions that take place on the screen. The films are not surrounded by explanatory artifacts but instead function as intrinsically important documents that connect history with the present. The collecting mission of the ÖFM has long focused on independent, avant-garde, non-mainstream films, (many of them ephemeral), and the collection includes objects from the film world such as publicity photographs, filmmaking technology, film posters, and textual documents related to film. Founded in 1964 by Peter Konlechner and the avant-garde filmmaker Peter Kubelka, the ÖFM has its theaters, library and offices at the Vienna Albertina, and its archives in the Vienna Heiligenstadt. The ÖFM has raised awareness among the public about the unique properties of analog film formats and encourages healthy skepticim toward analog and digital facsimiles. With Ephemeral Films Project: National Socialism in Austria, the ÖFM addresses the challenge of transferring analog films to a user-friendly digital format while retaining critical historical and technical information.
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society
For many years, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society (LBIGG) has conducted pioneering work in the scientific and educational treatment of ephemeral films. The Institute’s longstanding focus on such subjects as visual history and urban and cultural studies have resulted in thematically linked projects like Film: City: Vienna, The Archeology of the Amateur Film, Sponsored Films, media wien, and I-Media-Cities. Established in 1977 at the University of Salzburg by the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft, and transferred in 1979 to the Institute of Contemporary History at the University of Vienna, the Institute has been housed at the Vienna Hofburg since 2010 and is part of the History Cluster of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft.
National Center for Jewish Film
National Archives and Records Administration