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The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe (Jewish Cultures of the World) Paperback – June 17, 2013
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OLGA GERSHENSON is an associate professor in the Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Gesher: Russian Theater in Israel and editor of Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender.
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The author's argument was that Soviet cinema tended to "externalize" the Holocaust by focusing on the Holocaust in non-Soviet territories and thus avoid the unique aspects of the Holocaust in the USSR. She identified two films, "The Unvanquished" and "Eastern Corridor," which dealt with the massacre of Jews on Soviet soil and showed how these were then marginalized in distribution.
Most of the book, however, showed how censorship snuffed out potential films dealing with the Holocaust or the Soviet Jewish wartime experience. Here is where the book felt like a mystery thriller. The author often had to track down and talk to the authors of these "phantom" (because they were never made) films.
"The Phantom Holocaust" is a very informative book that reveals previously undiscussed aspects of the Soviet film industry and the Soviet Jewish experience. Highly recommended.