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Excavating MemorySites of Remembering and Forgetting$
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Maria Theresia Starzmann and John R. Roby

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061603

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061603.001.0001

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Memory, Identity, and a Painful Past

Memory, Identity, and a Painful Past

Contesting the Former Dachau Concentration Camp

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Excavating Memory

Aline Sierp

University Press of Florida

The former concentration camp of Dachau is a memory site that has been highly contested for the past 60 years. Having been a concentration camp mainly for political prisoners, Dachau constitutes a focal point for political struggles and social conflict in the present. This chapter traces some of the predominant mechanisms of political and social contestation of its memory over time. Exploring how struggles for political dominance can influence public commemoration, Sierp outlines the debates regarding the setup of an International Memorial on the premises of the former Dachau concentration camp. Focusing on the controversies surrounding the representation of different groups of prisoners by the memorial, Sierp examines the repercussions that the exclusion of certain victim groups has for today's commemorative practices.

Keywords:   Memory site, Commemoration, Concentration Camp, Dachau

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