From Final Depository to Memorial the History and Significance of the Jewish Museum in Prague

in European Judaism
Dirk Rupnow Duke University

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Very clearly, we are at present at a phase in which, on the one hand, countless new research projects with an abundance of sources on events in the Third Reich, on the policies of expropriation and annihilation are being pursued and published; and on the other hand, questions are being raised concerning the postwar culture of remembering and commemorating, on the way history has been written and society has dealt with what happened in the process that we have grown accustomed to calling ‘Auschwitz’ for short. This is happening above all based on Peter Novick’s study of how the Holocaust has been received in the U.S.A., and it is pointed out how remembrance after 1945 has been instrumentalized. The opposite pole to this is seen in a supposedly authentic remembering and coming to terms with the past.

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