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Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin /
Irit Dekel.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hamshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
description
xii, 196 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
023036330X (hbk.), 9780230363304 (hbk.)
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author
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hamshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
isbn
023036330X (hbk.)
9780230363304 (hbk.)
abstract
Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin offers a novel approach to the memorial and its study through the focus on performances. Based on extensive ethnographic research, and drawing on dramaturgic theory, memory studies and theories of the public sphere, the book offers a fresh theorization of memorial experience by analyzing interaction between guides, memorial workers and visitors. Moving away from models of postmemory and post trauma approaches, the book recognizes the precariousness and variation of memory work done at the memorial through the ways visitors engages with the act of remembrance rather than with its object, namely the history of Jewish persecution and the Holocaust. This engagement explores how visitors present and perform their 'moral career' at the site, whose codes have been shaped by knowledge about and visits in this and other sites of Holocaust remembrance.
catalogue key
8996898
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-190) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Irit Dekel is Postdoctoral fellow in the Social Sciences department in Humboldt-University, Berlin and teaches at ECLA of Bard in Berlin. She has published on memory politics in Germany and Israel, media, and memory tourism.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Dekel focuses on the participation in memory work as a potential act of citizenship - citizenship defined in cosmopolitan and inclusive terms - and, by exploring the different stages of participation in memory work, she is able to theorise the 'moral career' of visitors. Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin moves us away from the restrictive notions of the Holocaust sublime and towards the Holocaust's speakability through performances of memory." - Richard Crownshaw, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
"Dekel focuses on the participation in memory work as a potential act of citizenship citizenship defined in cosmopolitan and inclusive terms and, by exploring the different stages of participation in memory work, she is able to theorise the 'moral career' of visitors. Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin moves us away from the restrictive notions of the Holocaust sublime and towards the Holocaust's speakability through performances of memory." - Richard Crownshaw, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
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Summaries
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This text offers a novel approach to the Holocaust Memorial and its study through the focus on performances. Based on extensive ethnographic research, and drawing on dramaturgic theory, memory studies and theories of the public sphere, the book offers a fresh theorization of memorial experience by analyzing interaction between guides, memorial workers and visitors.
Long Description
Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin offers a novel approach to the memorial and its study through the focus on performances. Based on extensive ethnographic research, and drawing on dramaturgic theory, memory studies and theories of the public sphere, the book offers a fresh theorization of memorial experience by analyzing interaction between guides, memorial workers and visitors. Moving away from models of postmemory and post trauma approaches, the book recognizes the precariousness and variation of memory work done at the memorial through the ways visitors engages with the act of remembrance rather than with its object, namely the history of Jewish persecution and the Holocaust. This engagement explores how visitors present and perform their 'moral career' at the site, whose codes have been shaped by knowledge about and visits in this and other sites of Holocaust remembrance.
Long Description
Mediation in the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin offers a fresh approach to the memorial and its study through the focus on performances. Based on extensive ethnographic research, and drawing on dramaturgic theory, memory studies and theories of the public sphere, the book offers a fresh theorization of memorial experience by analyzing interaction between guides, memorial workers and visitors. Moving away from models of postmemory and post trauma approaches, the book recognizes the precariousness and variation of memory work done at the memorial through the ways visitors engages with the act of remembrance rather than with its object, namely the history of Jewish persecution and the Holocaust. This engagement explores how visitors present and perform their 'moral career' at the site, whose codes have been shaped by knowledge about and visits in this and other sites of Holocaust remembrance.
Main Description
Mediation in the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin offers a fresh approach to the memorial and its study through the focus on performances. Based on extensive ethnographic research, and drawing on dramaturgic theory, memory studies and theories of the public sphere, the book offers a fresh theorization of memorial experience by analyzing interaction between guides, memorial workers and visitors. Moving away from models of postmemory and post trauma approaches, the book recognizes the precariousness and variation of memory work done at the memorial through the ways visitors engages with the act of remembrance rather than with its object, namely the history of Jewish persecution and the Holocaust. This engagement explores how visitors present and perform their moral career at the site, whose codes have been shaped by knowledge about and visits in this and other sites of Holocaust remembrance.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Introductionp. 1
Memorial with no thingsp. 10
Already brokenp. 16
Spectatorship and mediationp. 20
The book's structurep. 23
Navigating Experiencep. 25
Studying the Holocaust Memorialp. 25
Defining experience: entering the memorialp. 25
The transformation of experience: pedagogy in the Information Centerp. 31
Making the feelings concrete: the rule of experiencep. 32
The memorial spacep. 37
Invented spacep. 39
Empty spacep. 42
Accidental spacep. 43
Landscape and historyp. 46
From abundance to absence of meaningp. 47
Creating the palimpsest of meaningp. 52
Attempts toward comprehensionp. 53
Transferring trauma?p. 54
From architecture of trauma to architecture of feelingsp. 55
Spheres of Speakability: Old and New Discursive Modesp. 65
From cultural to communicative memory and backp. 69
What is speakability?p. 74
Witnessingp. 76
Witnessing ourselves: Jews as ordinary peoplep. 80
Guilt/shamep. 82
Performing silencep. 93
Provoking knowledgep. 98
Projecting other groups and ourselvesp. 103
Conclusion: moving from the abstract to the concrete through the Jewsp. 115
Memory in Action: New Ethics of Engagement with Holocaust Memoryp. 118
Two narratives of moral experience in the memorialp. 120
The narrative of showing and disclosing emotionsp. 121
The narrative of changep. 135
Three phases in visitors' moral careerp. 137
'Getting in': moral career and judgment in the memorialp. 137
'Getting lost': memorial moves, limitation and liberationp. 141
'Getting it': duty to oneself and the realization of the publicp. 146
Conclusionp. 147
Mediation at the Holocaust Memorialp. 149
Dislocating narratives: victimhood, suffering and survivalp. 151
From knowledge toward experiencep. 161
The work of archives in the Information Centerp. 164
From documentation to transformation to mediationp. 168
Types of representation and the creation of othersp. 169
Conclusionp. 172
Notesp. 176
Referencesp. 181
Indexp. 191
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