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Will these glasses help? Holocaust videotestimony and the transfer of intangible heritage

Maclean, Pam 2009, Will these glasses help? Holocaust videotestimony and the transfer of intangible heritage, Historic environment, vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 42-47.

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Title Will these glasses help? Holocaust videotestimony and the transfer of intangible heritage
Author(s) Maclean, Pam
Journal name Historic environment
Volume number 22
Issue number 3
Start page 42
End page 47
Publisher Council for the Historic Environment
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2009-10
ISSN 0726-6715
Summary An analysis of Erica's videotestimony, presented at the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre in Melbourne, reveals how audio-visual history can act as a medium for the transfer of cultural heritage, despite claims that the trauma of the Holocaust has destroyed the possibility of any meaningful transmissíon. It is argued that the discussion of personal photographs from before and after the Holocaust forms a key component of the videotestimony and constitutes the primary mechanism for intergenerational transfer of Jewish communal heritage, Transfer is further facilitated by the interviewer whose questioning explicitly encourages Erica to reflect on issues of cultural continuity. Significantly, Erica's answers do not always conform to the interviewer's expectations about Jewish communal and religious identification and this can result in tension between the
two. Here too the photographs play an important role in resolving tension between Erica and the interviewer.
Language eng
Field of Research 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
Socio Economic Objective 950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Council for the Historic Environment
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031126

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of History, Heritage and Society
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