Agents of memory in the post-witness era: Memory in the Living Room and changing forms of Holocaust remembrance in Israel

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Abstract

With the passing of the survivors of the Holocaust and the aging of the second generation, new agents and initiatives are transforming the commemorative landscape of Holocaust remembrance. This article examines the impact of this generational transition on the production of collective memory of the Holocaust with focus on a new remembrance project in Israel, known as Memory in the Living Room. While some attention has been paid to its innovative structure and anti-paradigmatic components, none has focused on its agents and their mnemonic agenda. This paper argues that an examination of this agenda and an exploration of the wider structural contexts within which it developed are crucial to a deeper understanding of its overall significance. Based on 20 in-depth interviews the article argues that the emergent commemorative agenda is a hybrid version of transnational memory informed by concepts and practices drawn from a global digitalized culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-986
Number of pages16
JournalMemory Studies
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Holocaust memory
  • Israel
  • commemoration
  • generations
  • memory agents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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