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Title:
“Imagined Communities” in contemporary Holocaust Exhibitions of the 1990s: A comparison of Berlin und London
Author:
Silke Walther: University of Bochum, Germany
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2012
Conference:
National Museums and the Negotiation of Difficult Pasts: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Brussels 26-27 January 2012: EuNaMus Report No 8
Issue:
082
Article no.:
006
Pages:
91-109
No. of pages:
19
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2012-01-17
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Remarks on the crisis of representation have not adequately tackled the problem of how the genocide of millions of Jews and the ensuing damage for millions of Europeans might be presented within the frame of museum-based exhibitions after the end of the cold war. Since the eighties; the ongoing musealization of the history of the Holocaust has merged with a flourishing memory culture. Moreover; postmodern reflections upon the event that used to be called ”Holocaust” have already become part of the current museum culture. Memorial sites; Holocaust narratives and iconic images of previous press campaigns get connected in various curatorial efforts to mediate the past within a post-traumatic museum landscape. This paper examines the merging of history and memory of the Shoa within the frame of the new hybrid called ”memory museum”. My comparative analysis is focussed on two widely discussed exhibitions that were opened around 2000 to create a (trans-) national collective memory of the Shoa for a contemporary museum audience.

National Museums and the Negotiation of Difficult Pasts: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Brussels 26-27 January 2012: EuNaMus Report No 8

Author:
Silke Walther
Title:
“Imagined Communities” in contemporary Holocaust Exhibitions of the 1990s: A comparison of Berlin und London
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National Museums and the Negotiation of Difficult Pasts: Conference Proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Brussels 26-27 January 2012: EuNaMus Report No 8

Author:
Silke Walther
Title:
“Imagined Communities” in contemporary Holocaust Exhibitions of the 1990s: A comparison of Berlin und London
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