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|Authors:||Anna Chrusciel: Department of Cultural Policy, University of Hildesheim, Germany|
|Publication title:||Rethinking the Remembrance of the Holocaust in Germany National Museums and Memorials as Agents for Positive Social Change?|
|Conference:||NaMu, Making National Museums Program, Setting the Frames, 26–28 February, Norrköping, Sweden|
|Publication type:||Abstract and Fulltext|
|Abstract:||By taking Berlin as an example, this paper will focus on questions of commemorating and representing history of the Hol?caust as a constructive process that is strongly connected to the circumstances of the present. It will question the social role of National Museums in Germany by presenting different examples, which respond directly to the German Governments ambition of encouraging civil courage and democracy.|
By presenting examples of smaller, more biographical National Museums like the Museum Workshop for the Blind that focus on the resistance to National Socialism by using authentic places and telling one individual story, the paper will question and re-think the role of National Museums and their possible impact on positive social and global changes with respect specifically to the German identity-finding process.
Due to the fact that the Holocaust is not the focus of my PhD research, I will draw upon my experiences in working in the Jewish Museum Berlin for four years. Then, rather than presenting results, the paper will conclude with open questions for further discussion.
|No. of pages:||7|
|Series:||Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings|
|Publisher:||Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet|
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