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Uncovering a Painful Past: Archaeology and the Holocaust

STURDY COLLS, Caroline (2015) Uncovering a Painful Past: Archaeology and the Holocaust. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, 17 (1). pp. 38-55. ISSN 1350-5033

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Places connected to the Holocaust, and the physical evidence that lies within them, survive as reminders of the crimes perpetrated by the Nazis. Both the treatment of these sites and attitudes towards them have varied considerably in the years since the Second World War. In recent years, a number of archaeological investigations have been instigated by curators at Holocaust sites in a direct attempt to enhance visitor experiences and education programmes. Archaeologists have initiated investigations at other forgotten and dilapidated sites in an attempt to raise awareness of these places. This paper will discuss two case study sites where archaeological investigations have been undertaken and where attempts have been made to inform conservation, heritage management and education strategies. It will highlight the various challenges that may arise in the course of developing dissemination tools and discuss strategies that have been adopted to account for them. Specifically it will focus on how archaeologists can present novel means by which to locate, record and re-present the physical evidence of the Holocaust and how they can tell the stories of difficult heritage sites even when traditional forms of memorialisation/muzealisation is not wanted or practical.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: INCL
Subjects: F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
V300 History by topic
V400 Archaeology
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences > Sciences
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Depositing User: Caroline STURDY COLLS
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 09:23
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2017 01:38
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2159

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