Memory Politics and Transitional Justice

The Politics of Trauma and Memory Activism

Polish-Jewish Relations Today

Authors: Holc, Janine

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  • Examines Holocaust memory activism in Poland through the lens of critical theory
  • Provides case studies rich in detail, illustrating the landscape of Holocaust memory projects in Poland
  • Develops a theoretical framework for analyzing memory activist program more generally
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This book analyses four case studies of Holocaust memory activism in Poland, contextualized within recent debates about Polish-Jewish relations and approached through a theoretical framework informed by critical theory. Three cases are advocacy groups, each located in a different region of Poland—Lublin, Kraków, and Sejny—and each group is presented with attention to the local context and specific dynamics of its vision and strategy. The fourth case study is the state, which has emerged as a powerful memory actor. Using research based on extensive fieldwork, including interviews and direct observation, the author argues that memory activism must grapple with emotional attachments to identity if it is to move beyond a reconciliation paradigm. Drawing on works from semiotics and critical trauma studies, the volume analyzes the assumptions each memory actor makes about three dimensions of Holocaust memory: 1) the relationship of the individual to Polish national identity; 2) the possibility of a reconciled Polish-Jewish history; and 3) the assignment of traumatic suffering to a particular group or event.

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​Janine Holc is Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland, USA.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Trauma and Memory Activism
Book Subtitle
Polish-Jewish Relations Today
Authors
Series Title
Memory Politics and Transitional Justice
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63339-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63339-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63338-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87527-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 79
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