Tobias Ebbrecht Hartmann

Tobias Ebbrecht Hartmann
Senior Lecturer


Who I am:

I am a 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 in Jerusalem.


I am now working on:

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). 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.


Important Achievements:

  • Teaching Award at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2018)
  • Research Fellow at the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam (2018)
  • Member of the Jury of the “Franz Grabner Award at the Diagonale Film Festival Graz (2018).
  • Member of the Jury for “The Avner Shalev - Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award” and the “Lia Van Leer Award” at the 33rd International Jerusalem Filmfestival (2016).


Recent studies:

  • Eva Stories: Digital Holocaust Memory on Social Media (with Lital Henig)
  • Memorials for Victims of Extremist Right Violence as Discursive Spheres (with Barak Ben-Aroia)
  • Resonant Memories: Sensing the Past in Visual Culture



Articles in refereed journals:

  • 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. (2018) “Projected Encounters: Rolf Vogel, and the Beginnings of Cinematic Relations between Germany and Israel.” Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook  63:1, 11-33.
  • 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, Online:
  • 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, Online:
  • 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) “The Missing Scene: Entebbe, Holocaust, and Echoes from the German Past.” In: Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook 14. Ed. Raphael Gross. Göttingen: V&R, 243-262.
  • Ebbrecht, T.  (2010) “Migrating Images: Iconic Images of the Holocaust and the Representation of War in Popular Film”, Shofar 28:4, 86-103.

Chapters in edited volumes:

  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2016) “Witnessing Emotion: Encountering Holocaust Survivors’ Testimonies in Documentary Films.” In: Preserving Survivors Memories: Digital Testimony Collections about Nazi Persecution. Ed. Nicolas Apostolopoulos, Michele Barricelli, Gertrud Koch. Berlin: EVZ, 164-173.
  • Ebbrecht-Hartmann, T. (2016) “Goebbels’s Fear and Legacy: Babelsberg and Its Berlin Street as Cinematic Memory Place”. In: Persistent Legacy: The Holocaust and German Studies. Ed. Jennifer Kapczynski and Erin McGlothlin. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 229-248.
  • 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-Hartmann, T. (2014) “History Runs through the Family: Framing the Nazi Past in Recent Autobiographical Documentary”. In: The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary and Experimental Film. Ed. Robin Curtis and Angelica Fenner. Rochester, NY: Camden House 2014, 194-209.