Dr. Chana Schütz presents a lecture at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin about photographer Robert Capa.
Schütz studied art history and history across a sundry of locales: in Berlin, Jerusalem, and finally, in Bonn, where she earned her doctorate in 1988 (the University of Bonn). A curator and project director, she has conceived and supervised several exhibitions on German-Jewish art and history—work she presently furthers as Deputy Director of Berlin’s New Synagogue – Centrum Judaicum Foundation. Dr. Schütz was a visiting scholar at the Schustermann Center in both 2016 and 2017.
Robert Capa is one of the greatest war photographers of the 20th century: his images from the battlefields of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s have shaped our visual memory. Largely unknown, however, remain over 500 photos Capa took in Berlin, in U.S. uniform, during the first weeks of August and early September 1945 — a subjective, albeit precisely calibrated snapshot of the city and its inhabitants in ruins. Life Magazine published only a small number of these photographs, which include images of the black market at the Brandenburg Gate, as well as the first post-Shoah Rosh Hashanah service, a celebration held by surviving Berlin Jews together with American and Soviet soldiers.