Narratives of memory and national identity; analyzing agency in contemporary Holocaust memory initiatives

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Abstract

Constructing narratives of memory has long been acknowledged as a major component of nationalism and nation building. In Israel the memory of the Holocaust is widely seen as constituting one of these major components and is at the core of Israeli national identity. Since the early 2000s, the imminent passing of Holocaust survivors has resulted in an intense preoccupation with the question of the future of this memory. This preoccupation has produced new commemorative initiatives engaging with interactive digital platforms. In our article we explore the role of human agency in successfully conjuring up alternative or forgotten memories that dramatically transform contemporary remembrance landscapes by analyzing two recent commemorative projects in Israel, Zikaron Besalon and Eva’s story. Informed by the understanding of the centrality of temporal orientations to the dynamics of social interaction in our analysis we adopt a temporal framework.

Original languageAmerican English
JournalNational Identities
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • Holocaust memory
  • Memory
  • commemoration
  • media
  • memory agency

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • History
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences

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