Image of the Westerbork National Monument for Holocaust Victims: Photographed by Caroline Sturdy Colls.

Accessing Campscapes: Inclusive Strategies for using European Conflicted Heritage Sites


Project Summary

This project looks at traces of the twentieth-century mass violence and terror as tangible reminders of the ‘age of extremes’ and their present uses in (trans)national contexts.

In most post-war European countries former Nazi internment camps have become icons of anti-fascist resistance and the Holocaust. They have played a consistent role in post-war European memory of totalitarianism and genocide. In the Eastern European centre of the Holocaust and Communist terror, many former ‘terrorscapes’ are still contested spaces where consecutive internments of prisoners by occupying powers and authoritarian regimes transformed the victims of one event into the persecutors of another.

Prof. Robert van der Laarse

Project Leader

University of Amsterdam
Netherlands


Treblinka Quarrystones Memorial

Jasenovac Camp Plan

Jewish gravestones used for pavement by the German army

Kapo Training at Westerbork

Falstad SS Punishment Camp

Remains of a processing uranium mine in Jachymov

Falstad Memorial and Human Rights Centre

Treblinka excavation site

This entanglement of remembering with forgetting and the silencing of competing narratives show the strong connection between heritage, storytelling and the politics of identity. This poses a serious challenge to museums, remembrance institutions, civil society organisations, social activists, critical academics and educators tasked with the development of new and alternative narratives to make such spaces ever more relevant.

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Project Partners

Prof. Robert van der Laarse

Project Leader

University of Amsterdam
Netherlands

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Prof. Nicolas Apostolopoulos

Freie Universität Berlin
Germany

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Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls

Staffordshire University
United Kingdom

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Dr Pavel Vareka

University of West Bohemia
Czech Republic

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Prof. Marek E Jasinski

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Norway

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Prof. Dr. Paul F.M.J. Vershure

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Spain

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Associate Partners

Dirk Mulder

Kamp Westerbork
The Netherlands

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Dr. Edward Kopówka

The Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom Treblinka
Poland

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Natasa Jovicic

Jasenovac Memorial Site
Croatia

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Lubomíra Hédlová

Lidice Memorial
Czech Republic

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Stephanie Billib

Bergen-Belsen Memorial
Germany

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Jane Jørstad

Falstad Centre
Norway

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Mikuláš Kroupa

Post Bellum
Czech Republic

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Dr. Béla Rásky

Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies
Austria

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Dr. Éva Kovács

Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies
Austria

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  • University of Amsterdam

    University of Amsterdam

    Spui 21
    1012 WX Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

  • Freie Universität Berlin

    Freie Universität Berlin

    Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18
    14195 Berlin
    Germany

  • Staffordshire University

    Staffordshire University

    College Rd
    Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE
    United Kingdom

  • University of West Bohemia

    University of West Bohemia

    Univerzitní 2732/8
    301 00 Plzeň 3
    Czechia

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    Høgskoleringen 1
    7491 Trondheim
    Norway

  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra

    Universitat Pompeu Fabra

    Plaça de la Mercè
    10, 08002 Barcelona
    Catalunya