Attached below is the talk given at the Wiener Library, 26th April and Leeds town Hall 19th March 2013. Also the paper from the Social History Conference, 25th March 2013.
The abstract below is for the attached paper which was given at the Social History Society conference on 25th March 2013.
As the direct result of field trips and postdoctoral research conducted for the University of Leeds this paper will address various issues surrounding memorials dedicated to the Holocaust in Poland, Berlin, Hungary and the UK. The countries represent a cross section of experiences including victims, perpetrators and liberators. I wish to explore the influence of politics on the framework, form and narrative of the memorials (such as Post cold-war remembrance in former soviet countries). I will also address issues surrounding whether the memorial is specific or unique to the site and atrocity it is commemorating and the impact of this on the visitors experience and understanding.
The effect of the memorial on individual and/or collective memory will be investigated and therefore how a sense of place informs collective memory, also how the memorial can influence personal responses.
I propose exploring how landscape shapes historical relations and how place and experience intertwine especially at sites such as; former concentration and death camps (Treblinka and Sachsenhausen), Gestapo Headquarters (Szucha Avenue, Warsaw) and sites of execution such as Kampinos Forest in Poland and the Danube river in Budapest.