6 August, 2017
Accessing Campscapes: Inclusive Strategies for using European Conflicted Heritage Sites
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.
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.