1st Edition

The Holocaust in the Twenty-First Century Contesting/Contested Memories

Edited By David M. Seymour, Mercedes Camino Copyright 2017
    314 Pages
    by Routledge

    314 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume locates and explores historical and contemporary sites of contested meanings of Holocaust memory across a range of geographical, geo-political, and disciplinary contexts, identifying and critically engaging with the nature and expression of these meanings within their relevant contexts, elucidating the political, social, and cultural underpinnings and consequences of these meanings, and offering interventions in the contemporary debates of Holocaust memory that suggest ways forward for the future.


    Introduction: Jews, Bolsheviks and the Shoah Between Amnesia and Anamnesis

    [Mercedes Camino]

    Part I: Holocaust Memory, Globalization and Anti-Semitism

    1. Holocaust Memory: Between Universal and Particular

    [David M. Seymour]

    2. Remembrance and Beyond: Holocaust Memory in Lived Time

    [Tracey Skillington]

    3. Instrumentalization of Holocaust Memory and False Historical Analogies

    [Andreas Musolff ]

    Part II: Monuments and Sites of Memory

    4. The Jewish Cemetery of Währing, Vienna: Competing Voices and Contested Discourses in the Austrian Restoration Debates

    [Tim Corbett]

    5. Through the Window: An Analysis of the United States Holocaust Museum Through the Theory of Zygmunt Bauman

    [Nicci Shall]

    6. Contesting Memories in Text and Image: Discursive Representation and Cognitive Construal

    [Małgorzata Fabiszak]

    7. Memories of Jews and the Holocaust in Postcommunist Eastern Europe: The Case of Poland

    [Joanna Beata Michlic]

    Part III: Media and Education

    8. Contesting the Memory of Frank Beyer’s Jacob the Liar (1974)

    [Elizabeth Ward]

    9. "One Day Will Bear Witness to It Like a Fossil": Echoes of the Past in the Language of the Present: Heartbeat Detector / La Question Humaine (2007)

    [Helen Jones]

    10. Suppression of the Nazi Past, Coded Languages, and Discourses of Silence: Applying the Discourse-Historical Approach to Post-War Anti-Semitism in Austria

    [Ruth Wodak]

    11. The "Feminisation of Fascism" and National Identity Construction in Germany and Austria After 1945

    [Karin Stögner]

    Part IV: Personal, Familial and Collective Remembrance

    12. "It Could All Have Been Much Worse": Benedikt Kautsky’s Post-War Response to the Shoah

    [Lars Fischer]

    13. The Discursive Construction of the Stolper Steine Memorial Project: Official, Educational and Familial Meanings

    [David Hanauer]


    Epilogue: Family Commemoration, Lodz 2012-13

    [Naomi Tadmor]


    David M. Seymour is Lecturer at the City Law School at City University London.

    Mercedes Camino is Professor of History at Lancaster University.