Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Motion Picture, Sound & Video Branch
U.S. National Archives & Records Administration
Cinematography of the Holocaust
Fritz Bauer Institut & Deutsches Filminstitut
Filmarchiv der Bundesarchivs, Berlin, Germany
Historian / Scholar
Historian / Scholar
Raye Farr joined the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum after more than twenty years in documentary television production and historical film research, much of it focused on World War II and 20th century European history. Her work has been seen in many television documentary series, including:
In 1990, she became director of the museum’s Permanent Exhibition and led the team responsible for the micro-design and production of the museum’s major exhibition area, supervising the departments of research, design, oral history, photo and film archives, and film production. After the 1993 opening of the museum, she became director of the department of Film and Video, overseeing the establishment of the Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive, which she directs as a branch of the Museum’s Collections Division.
Raye Farr was a co-producer of One Survivor Remembers – an HBO / USHMM production honored with a 1996 Academy Award as Best Short Documentary and a 1995 Emmy Award as Outstanding Informational Special.
She speaks fluent French and German, and has specialized in archival film history and research in film archives worldwide since graduating from Oberlin College. She lived many years in England, working at Granada Television and Thames Television.
She currently serves on the National Film Preservation Board, advising the Librarian of Congress on films to preserve as part of the nation’s heritage.
Recent productions for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:
The Nuremberg Trials - What is Justice?, Learning Center Exhibition, 27-minute video compilation on the IMT and 4 subsequent war crimes trials in Nuremberg, 1945-1947.
Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, Special Exhibition, 5 video productions including Survivor testimony.
American Responses to the Nazi Bookburnings, Special Exhibition, 5 video productions.
“Some Reflections on Claude Lanzmann’s Approach to the Examination of the Holocaust,” in Holocaust and the Moving Image: Representations in Film and Television since 1933, Toby Haggith and Joanna Newman, editors (Wallflower, 2005).
“The Stronger the Light, the Deeper the Shadow: the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC,” in Die Zukunft der Vergangenheit / The Future of the Past: How should the history of the Third Reich be transmitted in museums and memorial sites in the 21st Century? (Museen der Stadt Nürnberg, 2000).
“The Use of Photographs as Artifacts and Evidence,” in Holocaust Chronicles: Individualizing the Holocaust Through Diaries and Other Contemporaneous Personal Accounts, Robert Moses Shapiro, editor (KTAV Publishing House Inc, 1999).
Selected Lectures & Conference Presentations:
“Opening the Lens, Turning a Blind Eye,” International Association for Media and History XXI Conference, 20 July 2005, Cincinnati, Ohio.
“From Here to Eternity,” Preservation of the Julien Bryan Collection, New York Film and Video Council Film Preservation Program, 29 March 2005, New York, NY.
“Rediscovering Evidence: How Do We Say What We See?” 12 November 2004, Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
“Film as Propaganda, Film as Evidence, Film as Artifact – Warsaw Ghetto Footage from the Library of Congress,” Belfer Teachers Conference, 8 July 2002, Washington, DC.
“The Ethics of Using Personal Films in Public Ways,” 9 November 2001, Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon.
“The History of Traditions and Memory,” 13 April 1998, National Museum of American History’s public history lecture series, Washington DC.
“Holocaust: The Museum Audience,” 3 October 1996, The Story of the Century: An International Newsfilm Conference, London, England.
“European History in Washington DC: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,”
19 October 1995, The Lothian European Lectures 1995 - 96, Edinburgh, Scotland.
“The Boundaries of Memory: Creating and Shaping the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,” 31 March 1995, Organization of American Historians, Wash. DC.
“Communicating About Difficult Issues in the Museum Environment,” 7 May 1994,
5th Annual National Museum Publishing Seminar, Washington DC.