Friends of Stony Stratford Library Talk - Lee Miller in Germany 1945

Venue: Stony Stratford Library, 5-7 Church Street, Stony Stratford Stony Stratford Library, 5-7 Church Street, Stony Stratford
Date: 22 Oct 2019
Time: 19:00

Lee Miller in Germany 1945 - A talk by Richard Bessel.

FoSSL are delighted to welcome Richard Bessel to talk on the subject of: Lee Miller in Germany 1945. 

From March to May 1945 the renowned photographer Lee Miller travelled through western and southern Germany with the US Army.  As a war correspondent with Vogue, she took hundreds of photos, some of which have become iconic and continue to frame our image of Germany at the end of the war: of bombed urban landscapes, of American and Soviet soldiers meeting at Torgau in April 1945, of the horrors of the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau, of the ruins of Hitler’s residence at Berchesgaden.  This talk will illustrate Miller’s travels through Germany as the country was being conquered, examine her perspectives and what her work may tell us about the lives of Germans at that time, and discuss the challenges involved in organising a book of photographs of aesthetic and historical importance.

 Richard Bessel is Professor of Twentieth Century History emeritus at the University of York, where he taught from 1998 to 2015.  He also taught at the Open University and the University of Freiburg. In addition to the collection of Lee Miller’s photographs in Germany in 1945 just published, his recent books include Germany 1945: From War to Peace, Violence: A Modern Obsession, and Inside World War One? The First World War and its Witnesses.

Tickets for Richard's talk will be available at the Library (tel. 01908 562562) from 1st October. There is no charge for tickets but FOSSL is grateful for donations to cover costs and to support activities at the Library.As always wine, fruit juice and home-made cakes will be served after the talk.

A poster for the talk is shown below:

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