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Shadows of Trauma: Memory and the Politics of Postwar Identity

Aleida Assmann ; translated by Sarah Clift
Format
Book
Published
New York : Fordham University Press, 2016.
Edition
First edition
Language
Translated from the German
Uniform Title
Lange Schatten Der Vergangenheit English
ISBN
9780823267279, 082326727X, 9780823267286, 0823267288
Summary
"We have left the twentieth century, but this century of violence and extremes has not left us: Its shadow has become longer and blacker. Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, the memory of the Holocaust is less and less anchored in the lived experience of survivors and witnesses. Shadows of Trauma analyzes the transformation of the past from an individual experience to a collective construction, with special attention to the tensions that arise when personal experience collides with official commemoration. In addition to surveying memory's important terms and distinctions, Assmann traces the process that emerged after the fall of the Berlin Wall, of creating a new German memory of the Holocaust. Assmann revisits the pitfalls of "false memory" and lingering forms of denial and repression, as well as the new twenty-first-century discourses, such as that of German "victimhood, " as well as the new memory sites for a future in which German memory will be increasingly oriented toward a European context. Combining theoretical analysis with historical case studies, the book revisits crucial debates and controversial issues out of which "memory culture" has emerged as a collective project and a work in progress"--
"The book traces the process of creating of a new German memory of the Holocaust after the fall of the Wall. Combining theoretical analysis with historical case studies, the book revisits crucial debates and controversial issues out of which Germany's new 'memory culture' emerged as a collective project and work in progress"--
Contents
  • Preface to the English Language Edition
  • Introduction: Triupumh and Trauma
  • Part I. Theoretical Foundations: 1. From Individual to Collective Constructions of the Past; 2. Basic Concepts and Themes of Individual and Collective Memory
  • Part II. Analyses and Case Studies: 3. How True are Memories?; 4. False Memories: Pathologies of Identity at the End of the Twentieth Century; 5. Incorrect Memories: On the Normative Power of Social Frameworks of Memory; 6. Five Strategies of Represssion; 7. German Narratives of Victimhood; 8. Points of Intersection Between Lived Memory and Cultural Memory; 9. Commemorative Sites in Space and Time; 10. The Future of Holocaust Memory; 11. Europe as a Community of Memory-- Conclusion: Shadows of Trauma.
Description
x, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Notes
  • "This book was originally published in German as Aleida Assmann, Der lange Schatten der Vergangenheit: Erinnerungskultur und Geschichtspolitik, © Verlag C.H. Beck oHG, Munich, 2006."
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-298) and index.
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