Ghosts of Home

Author: Marianne Hirsch
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520271254
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“In this rigorous and beautifully written account, Hirsch and Spitzer chronicle a search for a vanished world and, through the terrible lacuna of the Holocaust, discover the life before and after. Simultaneously a history of a fascinating Central European town, an excavation of a thriving culture, and a journal of several returns, Ghosts of Home adds both scholarly and human dimensions to our knowledge of the Holocaust, the vicissitudes of memory, the predicament of the second generation, the poignant impossibility of recapturing the past – and the need to understand and honor it in its full complexity.”—Eva Hoffman, author of Time “This exemplary masterpiece of cultural memory interweaves the thoughtful reflections of the post-memorial family memoir with astute historical recontextualisation of one family's experiences of the complex Jewish negotiations of cultural modernity and shifting political dominions in Central Europe. Built around the figure of the journey that takes the reader back and forth across the layered histories of the city of former Czernowitz the text explores the fabric of memory in places, images and things which have the affective power to undo amnesia. This book re-engages us not only with an important fragment of 'the past' but asks us to think about what it means to carry lost histories, intergenerationally, and to transform 'the past' by tenderly and thoughtfully reinserting such memories, often transmitted by images and objects, into the still fragile picture of the experience of European Jews across the long twentieth century.”—Griselda Pollock, author of Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum: Time, Space and the Archive "Ghosts of Home is a compelling cross-generational memoir of Czernowitz, once a vital center of a fragile German-Jewish cultural symbiosis in the outer reaches of the Habsburg Empire. Hirsch and Spitzer have created a remarkable narrative of live voices, documents, photographs, travelogues, and memorabilia out of which emerges the 'idea of Czernowitz,' ghostlike and filled with gaps, but like a promise of another history which was not to be. This is embodied cultural history at its best."—Andreas Huyssen, author of Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory "In Ghosts of Home, Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer have written a remarkable inter-generational memoir of Czernowitz and its remarkable German-Jewish cultural world, vanished in the Holocaust. With grace and precision, they use both history and memory to shape a profound set of reflections on loss and survival. Anyone interested in reading a verse of Celan or a short story of Appelfeld should start here. What a gift to join these two scholars on their moving, penetrating journey back to what was once home, somewhere in the now-vanished Jewish world of Czernowitz."—Jay Winter, author of Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History "In a very fine intertwining between the private and the public, this book evokes landscapes of memory animated by ghosts emerging from the past. Hirsch and Spitzer provide us with a multifaceted image of the complex universe of memory. This volume is an important contribution to our way of conceiving the practice of history, its meaning and methodology, its struggle against the unknowns of memory and its choice to give up the claim to omniscience. It is also a delicate and moving story of how individuals connect to each other in the effort to give us back the richness and frailty of the past. For us readers, like for the children of survivors, a passage of memories takes place that allows us to say 'it's our story now.'”—Luisa Passerini, author of Memory and Utopia: The Primacy of Intersubjectivity "This is an engaging and exciting multilayered, guided tour through the city of many names—Czernowitz/Chernivtsi/Cernauti—that perhaps never existed except in memories, dreams, and nightmares. Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer's work is an experiment in story-telling, part history and part dialogical memoir that incorporates voices of parents, survivors, and witnesses and is full of precise and poignant details."—Svetlana Boym, author of The Future of Nostalgia

Hotel Bolivia

Author: Leo Spitzer
ISBN: 9783854524731
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Born of Austrian Jewish refugees in Boliva, the author tells of his childhood and his parents' flight from Austria and their new lives in Bolivia. He also examines the effects of displacement of Jewish refugees in a foreign country.

Memory Unbound

Author: Lucy Bond
Publisher: Berghahn Books
ISBN: 1785333011
Format: PDF, ePub
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Though still a relatively young field, memory studies has undergone significant transformations since it first coalesced as an area of inquiry. Increasingly, scholars understand memory to be a fluid, dynamic, unbound phenomenon-a process rather than a reified object. Embodying just such an elastic approach, this state-of-the-field collection systematically explores the transcultural, transgenerational, transmedial, and transdisciplinary dimensions of memory-four key dynamics that have sometimes been studied in isolation but never in such an integrated manner. Memory Unbound places leading researchers in conversation with emerging voices in the field to recast our understanding of memory's distinctive variability.

Sehen Macht Wissen

Author: Angelika Bartl
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839414679
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Kein Bild kommt aus dem Nichts oder bildet einfach ab - jedes Bild beruht immer schon auf Vor-Bildern. Als Teil kultureller und sozialer Ordnungen gestalten Bilder Macht- und Wissensstrukturen mit. Die Autorinnen und Autoren des Sammelbandes analysieren Bilderpolitiken in Bezug auf Erinnerungsprozesse, Heterosexismen und Rassismen: Wie legitimieren oder destabilisieren sie Macht? Wie überlagern und konterkarieren sich Erinnerungen in ihnen? Und wie lassen sich neue Lektüren produzieren? Mit Beiträgen von Kerstin Brandes, Stephan Fürstenberg, Sabine Hark, Linda Hentschel, Marianne Hirsch, Kathrin Hoffmann-Curtius, Jennifer John, Nicole Mehring, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Irene Nierhaus, Barbara Paul, Griselda Pollock, Sigrid Schade und Leo Spitzer.

Selma Merbaum Ich habe keine Zeit gehabt zuende zu schreiben

Author: Marion Tauschwitz
Publisher: zu Klampen Verlag GbR
ISBN: 3866743645
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Selma Merbaum starb 1942, achtzehn Jahre alt, als verfolgte Jüdin in dem deutschen Zwangsarbeitslager Michailowka in der Ukraine. Sie konnte gerade einmal 57 Gedichte handschriftlich hinterlassen, die sie zu ihrem einzigen erhaltenen Band »Blütenlese« zusammenstellte, dem sie als letzten Satz anfügte: »Ich habe keine Zeit gehabt zuende zu schreiben ...« Diese Gedichte überstanden den Krieg auf abenteuerliche Weise. Heute gehört Selma Merbaums schmales Werk zur Weltliteratur. Mit ihrem Cousin Paul Celan und Rose Ausländer zählt sie zum Dreigestirn der Bukowina. Selma Merbaums Texte wurden von namhaften Musikern vertont, ihre Gedichte von Künstlern auf CD gesprochen. Zu Selma Merbaums Leben in Czernowitz und zu ihrer Familie war bisher so gut wie nichts bekannt. Das mörderische Zerstörungswerk der Nazis und die anschließenden Kriegs- und Nachkriegswirren schienen Informationen zu ihr und ihrem Leben restlos getilgt zu haben. Nicht einmal ihr Name war richtig überliefert worden. In jahrelanger Forschung hat Marion Tauschwitz Daten, Ereignisse und Fakten zum Leben der jungen Künstlerin gesammelt, Archivmaterial aus der Ukraine, England, den USA und Deutschland gesichtet und ausgewertet, Dokumente geborgen, Zeitzeugen ausfindig gemacht und befragt. In dieser spannenden, sprachlich einfühlsamen und wissenschaftlich fundierten Biografie hat Marion Tauschwitz das Leben der jungen Dichterin rekonstruiert und alle ihre Gedichte nach den Originalhandschriften neu übertragen.

The Generation of Postmemory

Author: Marianne Hirsch
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023152627X
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Can we remember other people's memories? The Generation of Postmemory argues we can: that memories of traumatic events live on to mark the lives of those who were not there to experience them. Children of survivors and their contemporaries inherit catastrophic histories not through direct recollection but through haunting postmemories multiply mediated images, objects, stories, behaviors, and affects passed down within the family and the culture at large. In these new and revised critical readings of the literary and visual legacies of the Holocaust and other, related sites of memory, Marianne Hirsch builds on her influential concept of postmemory. The book's chapters, two of which were written collaboratively with the historian Leo Spitzer, engage the work of postgeneration artists and writers such as Art Spiegelman, W.G. Sebald, Eva Hoffman, Tatana Kellner, Muriel Hasbun, Anne Karpff, Lily Brett, Lorie Novak, David Levinthal, Nancy Spero and Susan Meiselas. Grappling with the ethics of empathy and identification, these artists attempt to forge a creative postmemorial aesthetic that reanimates the past without appropriating it. In her analyses of their fractured texts, Hirsch locates the roots of the familial and affiliative practices of postmemory in feminism and other movements for social change. Using feminist critical strategies to connect past and present, words and images, and memory and gender, she brings the entangled strands of disparate traumatic histories into more intimate contact. With more than fifty illustrations, her text enables a multifaceted encounter with foundational and cutting edge theories in memory, trauma, gender, and visual culture, eliciting a new understanding of history and our place in it.