Rethinking the Remembrance of the Holocaust in Germany National Museums and Memorials as Agents for Positive Social Change?

Anna Chrusciel
Department of Cultural Policy, University of Hildesheim, Germany

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Ingår i: NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 22:6, s. 69–75

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Publicerad: 2007-09-19


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


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.


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