Multidirectional Sites of Memory in Italian Holocaust Documentaries


  • Maurizio Cinquegrani University of Kent



Michael Rothberg, Pierre Nora, Italy, Auschwitz, Survivors, WWII, Holocaust, Memory, Sites of memory, Multidirectional memory


This article investigates the ways in which film can use the act of witnessing and the exploration of significant locations in order to exhume memories of the deportation of Italian Jews to Auschwitz in 1943-1944. It aims at doing so by focusing on the neglected area of study provided by Italian documentaries about the Holocaust. In particular the article addresses two documentary films where testimonial performances and topographical investigation will be analysed by means of the conceptualisations of site of memory and multidirectional memory.

Author Biography

Maurizio Cinquegrani, University of Kent

Maurizio Cinquegrani is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Kent. His first book, Of Empire and the City: Remapping Early British Cinema, was published by Peter Lang in 2014. Journey to Poland: Documentary Landscapes of the Holocaust is his second monograph and it follows a number of articles and book chapters on the subject of film and the Holocaust. Maurizio's books have respectively been inspired by his passion for London and by his numerous journeys to Eastern Europe.




How to Cite

Cinquegrani, Maurizio. 2018. “Multidirectional Sites of Memory in Italian Holocaust Documentaries”. Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe, no. 2-3 (November).

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