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‘An example of Nazi kultur’ Paradigmatic and contested materiality at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp

MITCHELL, William and STURDY COLLS, Caroline (2021) ‘An example of Nazi kultur’ Paradigmatic and contested materiality at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. In: Conflict Landscapes: Materiality and Meaning in Contested Places. Routledge. ISBN 9781003149552

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Since it was liberated on the 15th April 1945 and images broadcast around the world, Bergen-Belsen has been synonymous with the cruelty of the Nazi concentration camp system. Although the history of the camp is well documented, less attention has been paid to what happened to the bodies of almost half of the 53,000 victims who died there and to the materiality of the camp landscape. This paper outlines the results of historical and non-invasive archaeological investigations aimed at locating unmarked graves and camp structures, as well as how they aligned and conflicted with established narratives. The ethical challenges involved in these investigations – as well as the contestation that surrounds the issue of unmarked burials – are also discussed.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Forensic Sciences and Policing
Depositing User: William MITCHELL
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2020 12:29
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2022 01:38
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URI: https://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6033

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