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.Do you know why? ... And we wanted people tobe able to walk around, and alsobe able to do that with wheelchairs. ... There is nothingconcrete youcan do withtheHolocaust. ... We will thinkabout this underground in the Information Center. ... This act of questioning the memoriala#39;s power to move ends up addingauthority toitasa work of art consisting of absence of meaning and iconic meaning thatdwell inanbsp;...
|Title||:||Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin|
|Publisher||:||Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-07-03|