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Monument(s) to Freedom and Unity

Berlin and Leipzig

Jon Berndt Olsen

Introduction Looking out over the contemporary memory landscape or topography in Germany, especially in the capital city of Berlin, one might come to the conclusion that the Germans have reached the point of “memorial saturation.” The city of

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Allan Mitchell, 1933—2016

Volker Berghahn

-President Obama’s efforts to help the underprivileged and uninsured were under siege. This being a Memorial written for an academic journal, Allan’s personal and family life can only be mentioned in passing. But it should not be forgotten that, after his marriage

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The Aesthetics and Publics of Testimony

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

Eray Çaylı

through my fieldwork on architectural memorializations of the 1993 Solingen arson attack. I begin by detailing the prominent role that publicness and participation have played in these memorializations and the various tensions and contestations

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Pluralism, Governance, and the New Right in German Memory Politics

Jenny Wüstenberg

be deeply influenced by those civil society activists that demanded a local and comprehensive reckoning with the Nazi past since the 1980s. 1 These activists, many of whom today staff the state-funded memorial sites, have had a profound and lasting

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Introduction to the 40th Anniversary of the Czech Scrolls

Evelyn Friedlander

The following two essays by Jeremy Adler and Pavel Seifter were given as addresses at the Conference which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the arrival in London of one thousand, five hundred and sixty-four scrolls from Czechoslovakia, where they came into the care of the Memorial Scrolls Trust. Having been ordered to be sent to the Jewish Museum in Prague, the Scrolls which derived from more than one hundred synagogues in Bohemia and Moravia, survived the war and eventually came to be housed under the auspices of the Trust in Westminster Synagogue in London.

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Holocaust Memory Memorials and the Visual Arts in the Netherlands

From Early Public Monuments to Contemporary Artists

Joël J. Cahen

Introduction As a second-generation survivor born in 1948, I have seen the changing importance of memorials and commemorations of the Holocaust in the Netherlands over time. I grew up in Vught as one of three children of Holocaust survivors

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Black Lives Matter, a Princess from Zanzibar, Bismarck, and German Memorial Hygiene

Klaus Neumann

-fiction and fiction featuring her, and attempts to memorialize her have again drawn attention to her life. Ruete's 1886 memoir was reissued in 1989, accompanied by an editorial essay that contextualizes her text; was republished by different publishers in 1998

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Your “Eyesore,” My History?

People and “Dead” Cars in a Remote Aboriginal Community

Kate Senior, Richard Chenhall, and Daphne Daniels

roadside memorials to commemorate people killed in road accidents, which have been interpreted as symbolic of societal flaws. 37 Rose provides the example of what might be seen as littering: leaving remnants of a meal at sites on country: “My Aboriginal

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George L. Mosse Memorial Symposium

Phyllis Cohen Albert and Alex Sagan

George L. Mosse died on January 22, 1999, leaving a legacy of scholarly innovation in the study of European, German, and German-Jewish history. The memorial symposium of October 1, 1999 that produced the following articles brought together some of the many students, colleagues, and friends who were deeply influenced by Mosse’s life and work. They offered reflections on his contributions as researcher, author, teacher, and friend.

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Jews and Other Others at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

Irit Dekel

Is the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin a Jewish space? How are Jews presented there? What are the points of interest about Jews in the memorial from the perspective of the foundation that runs it as well as from various visitors' perspectives? This article focuses on interaction and performance at the memorial, an understudied topic in comparison to what the memorial presents in its installation and the debates that preceded its realisation. I argue that the memorial's form and location create interpretation strategies that are based on the dialectics of representation and non-representation, emotional experience versus knowledge about the Holocaust. This is differently manifested in the action of various groups visiting the memorial. Interpretation strategies rest on Jews being a category of memory. In substantiating this claim, I focus on the experience of German visitors, compared to that of Jewish visitors and claim that whereas Jews' experience of the site is directly linked to sharing intimate knowledge about the Holocaust, Germans tend to talk about the site metaphorically and in emotional terms, confirming the memorial's own ontology.