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Introduction: new perspectives on Auschwitz

Pettitt, Joanne (2019) Introduction: new perspectives on Auschwitz. Holocaust Studies, . ISSN 1750-4902. (doi:10.1080/17504902.2019.1625110) (KAR id:75896)

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The word Auschwitz is multifaceted. Indeed, Auschwitz is a site of mass atrocity, a museum, a cemetery, a focal point of Holocaust memory, a place of education, a town in south west Poland, a tourist “must-see,” and a place where complex negotiations of identity and morality take place. Overshadowing all of these nuances, the word itself has entered common vernacular as shorthand for the Holocaust or, even more generally, as an example of an uncomplicated ethical binary. In this way, the word masks a complex and difficult history, often functioning as a linguistic and historical reduction that relies on its symbolic currency over and above historical accuracy. These complexities were the focus of the second conference of the European Association for Holocaust Studies, held in Kraków in November 2017. The present volume aims to continue the fruitful discussions that began at that conference, and to spark further discussion on the question(s) of Auschwitz. Since the contributions all revolve around the same theme, some overlap and repetition is inevitable. However, as will become clear, each of the articles in the volume offers something new to the extensive criticism that already exists on the topic of Auschwitz.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17504902.2019.1625110
Uncontrolled keywords: Auschwitz, concentration camp, Holocaust memory, dark tourism
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Joanne Pettitt
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2019 09:57 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:06 UTC
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