By Sharon Macdonald
How does a urban and a state care for a legacy of perpetrating atrocity? How are modern identities negotiated and formed within the face of concrete reminders of a earlier that the majority want they didn't have?
Difficult Heritage makes a speciality of the case of Nuremberg – a urban whose identify is indelibly associated with Nazism – to discover those questions and their implications. utilizing an unique in-depth study, utilizing archival, interview and ethnographic resources, it offers not just attention-grabbing new fabric and views, but additionally extra normal unique theorizing of the connection among background, id and fabric tradition.
The booklet seems at how Nuremberg has handled its Nazi previous post-1945. It focuses particularly, yet now not completely, at the city’s architectural history, particularly, the previous Nazi get together rally grounds, on which the Nuremburg rallies have been staged. The publication attracts on unique resources, similar to urban council debates and interviews, to chart a full of life photograph of dialogue, motion and inactivity in terms of this web site and critical others, in Nuremberg and in different places. In doing so, Difficult Heritage seeks to spotlight adjustments through the years within the ways that the Nazi previous has been handled in Germany, and the underlying cultural assumptions, motivations and assets of friction concerned.
Whilst referencing wider debates and giving examples of what used to be occurring somewhere else in Germany and past, Difficult Heritage offers a wealthy in-depth account of this such a lot attention-grabbing of situations. It additionally engages in comparative mirrored image on advancements underway somewhere else in an effort to contextualize what used to be occurring in Nuremberg and to teach similarities to and alterations from the ways that different ‘difficult heritages’ were handled in different places. via doing so, the writer deals an educated point of view on methods of facing tough history, this day and sooner or later, discussing cutting edge museological, academic and inventive perform.
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