Traces: Representations of the Holocaust and Antisemitism in British Film and Television

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Date(s) - 8 November
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Birkbeck, University of London


In collaboration with the British Jewish Contemporary Cultures Network

Speakers include: Nathan Abrams, Bangor University; James Jordan, University of Southampton; Caroline Kaye, University of Manchester; Sue Vice, University of Sheffield

Date: Wed, Nov. 8, 2017; Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm; Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1H 7HX

Event for scholars: Registration fee is £10 for academics; £5 for students. Book your place here:

Details: The representation of the Holocaust and antisemitism in British film and television has been relatively overlooked. This illustrated workshop attempts to address this gap by screening and discussing a range of texts that examine memories of the Holocaust and antisemitism in Britain in a variety of forms. Some of these texts are explicit in their representations, others are works that make no extant claim to represent it. They include the British television drama Twist of Fate (1989), the 1973 horror film, The Wicker Man and the work of director Stanley Kubrick.

Taking these texts as a starting point for discussion, this workshop presents a timely intervention into current debates about the Holocaust and antisemitism within British media and culture.


  • ‘Life Functions Terminated’: Stanley Kubrick
  • IBM and the Holocaust, Nathan Abrams, Bangor University
  • The Ghetto and the Camp: a consideration of BBC Television’s Representation of the Holocaust in the 1960s, James Jordan, University of Southampton
  • The Wicker Man (1973): Film Reflecting the Holocaust, Caroline Kaye, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Twist of Fate (BBC 1989): The Holocaust Survivor Who is Really a Perpetrator, Sue Vice, University of Sheffield