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July 2020 Vol. 57 No. 11

Syracuse University Press

The following review appeared in the July 2020 issue of CHOICE. The review is for your internal use only. Please review our Permission and Reprints Guidelines or email

Performing Arts - Film

Steir-Livny, Liat. Remaking Holocaust memory: documentary cinema by third-generation survivors in Israel. Syracuse, 2019. 337p bibl index ISBN 9780815636328, $70.00; ISBN 9780815636502 pbk, $34.95; ISBN 9780815654780 ebook, contact publisher for price.

In Remaking Holocaust Memory, Steir-Livny (Sapir Academic College, Israel) makes an important contribution to scholarship on memory studies generally as well as on Holocaust memory specifically. Examining recent documentary films produced in Israel, the author explores the changing shape and significance of remembrance, highlighting its importance for identity and community. Steir-Livny opens with a strong contextual introduction that nicely frames the subsequent analysis. She helpfully locates third generation documentarians in the broader currents of Holocaust memory and filmmaking about the Shoah. She devotes the book's five chapters to specific themes: gender, Germany, victims' testimonies, representation, and perpetrators. She summarizes her findings in an epilogue. Throughout, Steir-Livny skillfully interweaves two broad perspectives: on the one hand, she elucidates what makes Holocaust memory in the 21st century unique; on the other, she puts 21st-century memory in dialogue with earlier iterations. In the process, she demonstrates the ways in which third generation documentarians continue the work of their forebears while complicating the contours of commemoration. Steir-Livny's book will be of great value to scholars of Holocaust studies, cinema studies, and memory.

--C. R. King, Columbia College Chicago

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.