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Walking Memory

Berlin's “Holocaust Trail“

Maria Pia Di Bella

Since the early 1990s, Berlin has developed what I call a “Holocaust trail“-circa twenty-five officially dedicated memorial sites recalling significant historical events leading to the Final Solution-without acknowledging it yet as a “trail.“ Berlin is already well known for its two famous museums-memorials: the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (2005) and the Jewish Museum (2001), two strong statements meant to show how the town deals with the heritage of the Holocaust, how it tries to underline the absolute impossibility of its erasure from social memory and to fight revisionism. The different memorial sites of the Holocaust trail came into existence thanks to multiple initiatives that allowed the town to become a true laboratory for the politics of memory concerning the crimes of the Nazi state and the sufferings of the Jewish citizens that fell victim to the state's genocide.

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Koen Stroeken

that of a child raising his hands under the pointed gun of a German soldier. An important theoretical tool is the author’s reference to the Stolpersteine in the streets and sidewalks of Berlin, cobbles with brass plates whose engraved names

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Holocaust Memory Memorials and the Visual Arts in the Netherlands

From Early Public Monuments to Contemporary Artists

Joël J. Cahen

. Also focusing on individual tragedies, the German artist Gunther Demnig (1947–) began in 1996 his Stolpersteine , ‘stumbling stones’ project, comprising memorial blocks currently placed in over 1,200 places (a number that is still expanding rapidly

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From Archive to Print

The Diarist Victor Klemperer and the Isakowitz Family

Monica Petzal

be a significant part of my future work. I reclaimed German citizenship in 2014 and am a frequent visitor to Germany, to both Dresden and Berlin. I organised the laying of Stolpersteine for my family in Dresden some years ago and we are laying seven

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Introduction Displacement, Memory and the Visual Arts

Second-Generation (Jewish) Artists

Imogen Wiltshire and Fransiska Louwagie

to commemorate the Holocaust towards grappling with a more individualised memory, for instance by naming the victims or placing commemorative Stolpersteine at their last known free home. Cahen also shows how similar trends are manifest in work by

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Stephen Milder, Adam R. Seipp, Jeffrey Luppes, Matthias Dilling, Lotte Houwink ten Cate, and Randall Newnham

of Kassel in the 1980s—with a new sort of memorial work that emerged in the 1990s. Exemplified by Günter Demnig's well-known Stumbling Stones ( Stolpersteine ) project, this “utopian mnemonic agenda” intruded into liminal public spaces, like ordinary

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The Aesthetics and Publics of Testimony

Participation and Agency in Architectural Memorializations of the 1993 Solingen Arson Attack

Eray Çaylı

, D. 2004 . ‘ Merçimec-Platz [ sic ] zum Gedenken an die Opfer des Brandanschlages ’. Tacheles 32 : 16 . Gaida , D. 2005 . ‘ Presseerklärung von Mitgliedern des Unterstützerkreises Stolpersteine für Solingen ’. Tacheles 35 : 6

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Dealing with an Ocean of Meaninglessness

Reinhart Koselleck's Lava Memories and Conceptual History

Margrit Pernau and Sébastien Tremblay

forgotten? The holocaust memorial establishes a hierarchy between victims] Die Zeit , 19 March 1998. 40 Reinhart Koselleck, “Die falsche Ungeduld.” Reinhart Koselleck, “Denkmäler sind Stolpersteine: Der Historiker Reinhart Koselleck zur neu entbrannten

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The Israeli Diaspora in Berlin

Back to Being Jewish?

Larissa Remennick

how do they perceive the harsh legacies of the twentieth century while living in the belly of the beast, walking on streets with numerous brass-covered slabs among the cobblestones—the so-called Stolpersteine (stumbling stones)—that have been

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Hilary Silver, Jeffrey Luppes, Joyce Mushaben, Ambika Natarajan, Helge F. Jani, Darren O'Byrne, Christopher Thomas Goodwin, and Stephen J. Silvia

with memorials of various kinds, including large-scale national monuments, local memorials to the fallen of World War I, tens of thousands of Stolpersteine (“stumbling stones”) dedicated to individual victims of National Socialism, as well as over 1