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The Holocaust and Representations of Jews

History and Identity in the Museum

By K. Hannah Holtschneider

Routledge – 2011 – 208 pages

Series: Routledge Jewish Studies Series

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Description

The Holocaust and Representations of Jews examines how prominent national exhibitions in Europe represent the Jewish minority and its cultural and religious self-understandings, historically and today, in particular in the context of the Holocaust.

Insights from the New Museology are brought to the field of Jewish Studies through an exploration of the visual representation of Jewish history and Jewish identifications in the display of photographs. Drawing on case studies which focus on the Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in London and the permanent exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin, these themes become the prism through which aspects of historiography and the display of the ‘otherness’ of minorities are addressed.

Casting new light on the issues surrounding the visual representation of Jews, the work of museum practitioners in relation to historical presentations and to the use of photographs in exhibitions, this book is an important contribution not only to the fields of Jewish Studies, Religion and History, but also to the study of the representation of minority-majority relations and the understanding of exhibition visits as an educational tool.

Contents

Introduction 1. Framing Victims 2. The Holocaust through the Camera’s Eye 3. Historicizing Jews 4. Jewish Historiography? Conclusion

Author Bio

K. Hannah Holtschneider is Lecturer in Modern Judaism at the University of Edinburgh. Her first book, German Protestants Remember the Holocaust, was published by Lit.Verlag in 2001. Her research interests are in the fields of Jewish-non-Jewish relations, Holocaust representation and Jewish material culture.

Name: The Holocaust and Representations of Jews: History and Identity in the Museum (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By K. Hannah Holtschneider. The Holocaust and Representations of Jews examines how prominent national exhibitions in Europe represent the Jewish minority and its cultural and religious self-understandings, historically and today, in particular in the context of the Holocaust...
Categories: Jewish Studies, Modern History 1750-1945, Museum and Heritage Studies, European History, Religious History, History, Judaism