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'A modern chamber of horrors’? Temporary Holocaust exhibitions as sites of memory: the 1961 Warsaw Ghetto commemoration exhibition, Melbourne

journal contribution
posted on 01.01.2018, 00:00 authored by Steven CookeSteven Cooke
This paper examines the 1961 Warsaw Ghetto exhibition in Melbourne, Australia. Within the context of Eichmann’s trial in Israel and fears of rising anti-Semitism in Australia, the exhibition is a site through which debates over Jewish identity, Holocaust memory, and the hitherto marginalised role of temporary exhibitions can be understood. Using archival traces, the paper examines the intentions of the exhibition’s organisers, and its reception by visitors. It shows how representations of the Holocaust were shaped by local concerns, the availability of information from emerging global networks of memorial institutions, and the evolving category of ‘survivor’. It adds to a nuanced reading of Holocaust memorial forms, unsettling established narratives of Holocaust memory in Australia.

History

Journal

Holocaust studies

Volume

24

Issue

4

Pagination

445 - 465

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

1750-4902

eISSN

2048-4887

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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