By Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich
Holocaust memorials and museums face a tricky job as their staffs attempt to commemorate and rfile horror. at the one hand, the occasions museums signify are past so much people’s studies. even as they can be portrayed by means of theologians, artists, and philosophers in ways in which are already recognized via the general public. Museum directors and curators have the hard position of discovering an artistic option to current Holocaust shows to prevent clichéd or dehumanizing portrayals of sufferers and their suffering.
In Holocaust reminiscence Reframed, Jennifer Hansen-Glucklich examines representations in 3 museums: Israel’s Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Germany’s Jewish Museum in Berlin, and the us Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She describes various visually impressive media, together with structure, images indicates, artifact screens, and video installations with the intention to clarify the classy ideas that the museums hire. As she translates the indicates, Hansen-Glucklich clarifies how museums converse Holocaust narratives in the historic and cultural contexts particular to Germany, Israel, and the U.S.. In Yad Vashem, architect Moshe Safdie built a story fitted to Israel, rooted in a redemptive, Zionist tale of homecoming to a spot of mythic geography and renewal, not like demise and agony in exile. within the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Daniel Libeskind’s structure, damaged traces, and voids emphasize absence. right here shows speak a conflicted ideology, torn among the lack of a Jewish previous and the country’s present multicultural ethos. the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum offers another lens, conveying via its shows a feeling of sacrifice that's a part of the civil values of yank democracy, and attempting to conquer geographic and temporal distance. One well-know instance, the pile of millions of trainers plundered from focus camp sufferers encourages the customer to bridge the distance among viewer and sufferer.
Hansen-Glucklich explores how each one museum’s notion of the sacred shapes the layout and choreography of visitors’ reviews inside of museum areas. those areas are websites of pilgrimage which can in flip bring about rites of passage