9780230363304

Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin Spheres of Speakability

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230363304

  • ISBN10:

    023036330X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-07-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Irit Dekel is Postdoctoral fellow in the Social Sciences department in Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany and teaches at ECLA of Bard in Berlin. She has published on memory politics in Germany and Israel, media, and memory tourism.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Figures
Introduction
1. Navigating Experience: Studying the Holocaust Memorial
2. Spheres of Speakability: Old and New Discursive Modes
3. Memory in Action: New Ethics of Engagement with Holocaust Memory
4. Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial
Conclusion

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