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Holocaust Memory Reframed: Museums and the Challenges Of Representation

In this presentation, Professor Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich will discuss ways in which three museums commemorate the Holocaust – Yad Vashem in Jerusalem; the Jewish Museum Berlin; and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Hansen-Glucklich will discuss the use of aesthetic, spatial, and ritual techniques which communicate the significance of the Holocaust within specific national and cultural contexts.  She will also show how these museums create specific Holocaust narratives and rituals of remembrance that reflect the civil religions of their host cultures, while demonstrating the variety and vividness of museal presentation forms, including photography exhibits, memorials, architecture, and video art displays.