What Remains
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238 Pages

22.8 x 15.2 cm

5 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Dialogue and Disjunction: Studies in Jewish German Literature, Culture & Thought

Imprint: Camden House

What Remains

The Post-Holocaust Archive in German Memory Culture

by Dora Osborne

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A study of the archival turn in contemporary German memory culture, drawing on recent memorials, documentaries, and prose narratives that engage with the material legacy of National Socialism and the Holocaust.
With the passing of those who witnessed National Socialism and the Holocaust, the archive matters as never before. However, the material that remains for the work of remembering and commemorating this period of history is determined by both the bureaucratic excesses of the Nazi regime and the attempt to eradicate its victims without trace. This book argues that memory culture in the Berlin Republic is marked by an archival turn that reflects this shift from embodied to externalized, material memory and responds to the particular status of the archive "after Auschwitz." What remains in this late phase of memory culture is the post-Holocaust archive, which at once ensures and hauntsthe future of Holocaust memory.
Drawing on the thinking of Freud, Derrida, and Georges Didi-Huberman, this book traces the political, ethical, and aesthetic implications of the archival turn in contemporary German memory culture across different media and genres. In its discussion of recent memorials, documentary film and theater, as well as prose narratives, all of which engage with the material legacy of the Nazi past, it argues that the performanceof "archive work" is not only crucial to contemporary memory work but also fundamentally challenges it.

Dora Osborne is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews.
Introduction: Memory Culture's Archival Turn
The Post-Holocaust Archive
Memorial Projects: Memory Work as Archive Work
Documentary Film and Theater: The Unfinished Business of Archive Work
Prose Narrative: Archive Work and Its Discontents
Conclusion
Bibliography

DORA OSBORNE is Senior Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews. Her research looks at the memory of National Socialism and the Holocaust in contemporary Germany and Austria. She has published widely on recent German literature, film, and memorial projects, and her second monograph What Remains: The Post-Holocaust Archive in German Memory Culture came out in 2020 with Camden House.

"Drawing on the theoretical insights of Jacques Derrida, Georges Didi-Huberman, and Michael Sheringham, Osborne's thorough and meticulous analysis conceptualizes the post-Holocaust archive not merely as a historical resource but as a memorial archive that in itself "has become part of the discourse of memory" and, as such, continues to generate "a haunted legacy that does not provide simple answers" about Germany's tainted past. . . . What Remains? offers a persuasive analysis of how the material residues of the post-Holocaust archive are deployed, envisioned, enacted, and embodied in contemporary German memorial art, documentary film, theater, and prose narrative. GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW" Charlotte Schallié, GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW

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Title Details

238 Pages

2.28 x 1.52 cm

5 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Dialogue and Disjunction: Studies in Jewish German Literature, Culture & Thought

Imprint: Camden House