1st Edition

Tourism, Memorials and Landscapes of Violence Remembering the Holocaust and the Pacific War

Edited By Rudi Hartmann Copyright 2025
    244 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book focuses on tourism, memorial sites of the Holocaust and the Pacific War and the management practices for the visitors that they attract.

    It provides an account of landscapes of violence as millions of people in Central and Eastern Europe, China, Japan and the United States were affected by wars, conflicts and crises.  A special feature of the book is to reconstruct the changing management practices and the significance these heritage sites have attained for different visitor groups and the local populations, and to critically assess the current situation 80 years after the events. The book discusses the new directions of dark tourism, thanatourism and dissonance in heritage tourism in contemporary tourism research. Several case studies and in-depth analysis of memorial sites allow the reader to understand the consequences of past or ongoing policy changes.

    This book will appeal to students and researchers in the fields of tourism; heritage; history; cultural studies; anthropology and human geography.

    Introduction: Main Themes and Structure of the Book

    Chapter 1                                                                                                                                                                  Dark Tourism, thanatourism, dissonance in heritage tourism in management: new directions in contemporary tourism research (reprint of research note in the Journal of Heritage Tourism, 2014) Extension to research note for the time period 2013 - 2023

    Rudi Hartmann

    Introduction Part 1: Remembering the Holocaust                                                                                               The Evolution of a New Memorial Landscape for the Victims of Nazi Germany: the long and complicated path to the recognition of the former Nazi concentration camps as memorials and museums

    Rudi Hartmann

    Chapter 2                                                                                                                                                                       The memorial site at the former Dachau concentration camp (1933 – 1945): a dissonant heritage for a small Bavarian market town which has become an internationally recognized destination

    Rudi Hartmann

    Chapter 3                                                                                                                                                                    The long and twisted road to a memorial: The Kaufering satellite camp complex of the Dachau Concentration Camp and the difficulties of coming to terms with the past

    Manfred Deiler (1953 – 2023) and Edith Raim

    Chapter 4                                                                                                                                                              German landscapes of commemoration: the difficult legacy of wartime aerospace industries

    Dietrich Soyez

    Chapter 5                                                                                                                                                       Amsterdam under Nazi German Occupation Remembered (1940 – 1945)

    Rudi Hartmann

    Introduction Part II: Remembering the Pacific War                                                                              Contrasting interpretations of the Pacific War events 1937 – 1945 and distinct forms of commemoration: The Japanese Greater East Asian War, Chinese resistance against the Japanese occupying forces and a Pacific wide engagement of the U.S. forces after the Pearl Harbor attack December 7, 1941

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    Chapter 6                                                                                                                                                             Tourism to the Lu Gou Qiao: enduring scenic qualities of a landmark bridge and a difficult legacy of a conflict site (reprint of article in the Journal of Heritage Tourism 2021)

    Rudi Hartmann and Ming Ming Su

    Chapter 7                                                                                                                                                  Remembering Japanese American confinement: memorial practices at Amache and Manzanar

    Whitney Peterson and Bonnie J. Clark

    Chapter 8                                                                                                                                                                    The commemoration of the Yamato battleship war events in popular Japanese culture

    Jang Kyungjae

    Chapter 9                                                                                                                                                       ‘Kamikaze’ heritage tourism in Japan: a pathway to peace and understanding (reprint of article in the Journal of Heritage Tourism 2020)

    Richard Sharpley

    Chapter 10                                                                                                                                                            Victims and perpetrators at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

    Hamilton Bean


    Rudi Hartmann


    Rudi Hartmann is a Professor Emeritus (C/T) at the University of Colorado Denver where he has taught geography and tourism planning since 1992. He received his Ph. D. in Geography from the Technical University Munich, Germany in 1983. A long-time interest of his is the study of tourist experiences at heritage sites. He has closely examined heritage tourism at memorial sites of the Holocaust in Germany and in The Netherlands.  He has published numerous articles and books on these and related topics.