Tobias Ebbrecht Hartmann

Tobias Ebbrecht Hartmann
Ebbrecht Hartmann
Senior Lecturer


I am a senior lecturer of Film Studies, German Studies and Visual Culture at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I received my PhD from the Freie University Berlin and was previously affiliated with the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam and the Bauhaus University in Weimar. I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Graduate Research Program “Media of History – History of Media” in Weimar, Erfurt and Jena, and at the International Institute for Holocaust Research Yad Vashem. 

Currently, I am a consortium member of the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research and innovation project Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age (2019-2022) and partner in the German-Israeli research project (Con)sequential Images – An archaeology of iconic film footage from the Nazi era, funded by the German Research Foundation. My research focuses on audiovisual Holocaust memory in the digital age, the use and appropriation of archival film footage, German-Jewish Film History, and German-Israeli film relations. I am a member of the Research Network German-Jewish Film History of the FRG.

Digital Visual History Projects Website


Research Interests:

  • Digital Holocaust Memory
  • Social Media Memory
  • Doing Memory on TikTok
  • Cinematic Memory of the Holocaust
  • German and International Film History
  • Digital Curation and Storytelling

Selected Publications


  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. & Henig, L. (2021) „i-Memory: Selfies and Self-Witnessing in #Uploading_Holocaust (2016).” In: Digital Holocaust Memory: Education and Research. Ed. Victoria Walden. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 213-235.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2020) “Commemorating from a distance: the digital transformation of Holocaust memory in times of COVID-19.” Media, Culture & Society 43:6, 1095-1112.
  • Henig, L. / Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2020) “Witnessing Eva Stories: Media witnessing and self-inscription in social media memory.” New Media & Society. 8 October 2020.
  • Ben-Aroia, B. / Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2020) “Memorials as Discursive Spheres: Holocaust and Second World War Iconography in Public Commemoration of Extremist-Right Violence.” Memory Studies, 14:4, 797-818.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2020) “Media Resonance and Conflicting Memories: Historical Event Movies as Conflict Zone.” Memory Studies, 27 February 2020.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2020) “Double-Occupancy and Delay: Claude Lanzmann, The Last of the Unjust, and the Archive.” In: The Construction of Testimony: Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah and its Outtakes, eds. Erin McGlothlin, Brad Prager, and Markus Zisselsberger. Detroit: Wayne State UP, pp. 207-232.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2019) “Blind spots, in the Present: The National Socialist Past in Recent Austrian Films”, zeitgeschichte 46:4, 535-555.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2019) “Resonating Trauma: Framing Conflicting Memories of the Entebbe Hostage Crisis”, New German Critique 46:2 (137), 91-116.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2017) “Archives for the Future: Thomas Heise’s Visual Archeology”Imaginations – Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies 8:1 (2017) – Special Issue “New Research on East Germany” ed. By Marc Silberman.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2016) “Three Dimensions of Archive Footage: Researching Archive Films from the Holocaust”Apparatus – Film, Media and Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 2-3 (2016) – Special Issue “Ghetto Films and their Afterlife” ed. by Natascha Drubek.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2016) “Trophy, evidence, document: appropriating an archive film from Liepaja, 1941”, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television 36:4, 509-528.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2015) “Echoes from the Archive: Retrieving and Re-viewing Cinematic Remnants of the Nazi Past”, Edinburgh German Yearbook 9, 123-139. Special Issue “Archive and Memory in German Literature and Visual Culture” ed. by Dora Osborne.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2015) “Preserving Memory or Fabricating the Past? How films constitute cinematic archives of the Holocaust”, Cinéma & Cie XV:24, 33-47. Special Issue “Archives in Human Pain: Circulation, Persistence, Migration” ed. by Alice Cati and Vincente Sanchez-Biosca.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2015) “Locked Doors and Hidden Graves. Searching the Past in Poklosie, Sarah’s Key, and Ida”. In: Holocaust Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Images, Memory, and the Ethics of Representation. Ed. Gerd Bayer and Oleksandr Kobrynskyy. New York: Wallflower/Columbia Univ. Press, 141-160.
  • Ebbrecht, T.  (2010) “Migrating Images: Iconic Images of the Holocaust and the Representation of War in Popular Film”, Shofar 28:4, 86-103.