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Deleuze and Memorial CultureDesire, Singular Memory and the Politics of Trauma$
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Adrian Parr

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627547

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.001.0001

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Berlin and the Holocaust

Berlin and the Holocaust

Chapter:
(p.143) CHAPTER 8 Berlin and the Holocaust
Source:
Deleuze and Memorial Culture
Author(s):

Adrian Parr

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.003.0008

This chapter explores Germany's response to the holocaust, examining the problem of how memorialisation might create a connection to the past without reinstating the Oedipal shadow of an original trauma. It suggests that the past is not so much a tangible terrain or a monumental time that acts as a warning or reminder both in the present and for future generations, but an admixture of times which affirm the present and future, and in so doing encourage a more nomadic subjectivity that identifies with a variety of subjectivities. The chapter discusses the limitations of the moulding of the landscape and re-empowering a community in order to respond to a shared loss.

Keywords:   holocaust, Germany, memorialisation, Oedipal shadow, nomadic subjectivity, shared loss

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