Founded at the initiative of Leon Constantiner in 1997, The Joan-Sourasky Constantiner Jewish & Holocaust Cinema Foundation of the Jerusalem Cinematheque - Israel Film Archive works in the areas of research, acquisition, cataloguing and preservation of films and film material related to the Holocaust. In the last several years, the activities have broadened to include film digitization for long-term preservation purposes and improved public access.
Since its foundation, the Foundation has worked towards exposing Holocaust film materials to the general public. The Foundation provides ongoing opportunities for audience members to view films and attend lectures about cinema and its relationship to the Holocaust. In many ways, cinema is the ultimate medium for retaining memory. it is durable (when well-preserved). It captures a moment. It is both historical and historiographical. The films of The Joan-Sourasky Constantiner Jewish & Holocaust Cinema Foundation can be found in the Foundation's catalogue. The purpose of this publication is to honor the ambitious archival, educational, and technological work of the Research Center, as well as to enable readers and researchers to become informed, interested, and educated in what this important center has to offer.
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With special thanks to Leon Constantiner and family for their dedication and continuous support.