Visualizing the past: The role of images in fostering the sephardic identity of sarajevo jewry

Translated title of the contribution: Visualizing the past: The role of images in fostering the sephardic identity of sarajevo jewry

Mirjam Rajner

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Abstract

This article explores the use of photographs in Moritz Levy’s book dedicated to the history of Sephardic Jews in Bosnia, published in Sarajevo in 1911. While the photographs accompany the historical narrative and aim to prove the preservation and continuity of the unique Bosnian Sephardic identity throughout the centuries, they were, as the article argues, distinctly modern creation. Visually prominent and imbued with an aes-theticized quality, they relied on Ottoman official albums of promotional photography, Austro-Hungarian orientalized images of occupied Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the new Jewish art. As a result of this novelty, Levy’s book became a model for the way in which later Yugoslav Jewish publications presented Bosnian Sephardim. Due to the turbulent historical events in the region these images became politicized, assumed a memorial role, and have also recently inspired a renewal.

Translated title of the contributionVisualizing the past: The role of images in fostering the sephardic identity of sarajevo jewry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-296
Number of pages32
JournalSefarad
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Funding

ing house, see the project Visualizing Family, Gender Relations and the Body. The Balkans approx. 1860-1950, funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF, 2010-2014, project number P 22104-G18) and conducted by Prof. Karl Kaser, Barbara Derler, Ana Đorđević and Prof. Anelia Kassabova. http://gams.uni-graz.at/search/gsearch?hitPageSize=10&pid=vif&x2=http://gams. uni-graz.at/vase/3vif-search.xsl&queryAsAnd=Daniel%20A%20Kajon&mode=simpleS earch&hitPageStart=1 (accessed 21 January 2019).

FundersFunder number
Austrian Science Fund2010-2014, P 22104-G18

    Keywords

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Daniel A. Kajon
    • Moritz Levy
    • Photography
    • Sephardic movement
    • Spomenica

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