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Visitors to the House of Memory
Identity and Political Education at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Victoria Bishop Kendzia
174 pages, 8 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-639-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (December 2017)
ISBN 978-1-78920-844-3 $29.95/£23.95 / Pb / Published (December 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78533-640-9 eBook
“The book is highly insightful in discerning the politics of representation, especially in the case of memory and spaces that embody memory… What makes this book ethnographically compelling is that the audience reception and reaction is also voiced and interrogated.” • MEAH
“…the book provides an inspiring approach at a time when generational and societal changes call for the emendation of well-established patterns of memory and remembrance.” • German Studies Review
“Visitors to the House of Memory lucidly explores the intersection of museum experience, ethnic exclusion, and education. Its proposal for different models of inclusion in and through history education is very much needed in Germany and Europe today.” • Irit Dekel
“This is a very good ethnography of a central Berlin cultural institution. It deals with important questions of German national identity, guilt and responsibility, intergenerational transmission of memory, and museum pedagogy.” • Jackie Feldman, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
As one of the most visited museums in Germany’s capital city, the Jewish Museum Berlin is a key site for understanding not only German-Jewish history, but also German identity in an era of unprecedented ethnic and religious diversity. Visitors to the House of Memory is an intimate exploration of how young Berliners experience the Museum. How do modern students relate to the museum’s evocative architecture, its cultural-political context, and its narrative of Jewish history? By accompanying a range of high school history students before, during, and after their visits to the museum, this book offers an illuminating exploration of political education, affect, remembrance, and belonging.
Victoria Bishop Kendzia is a teaching fellow at Humboldt University, Berlin. Her publications include “‘Jewish’ Ethnic Options in Germany between Attribution and Choice: Auto-Ethnographical Reflections at the Jewish Museum Berlin” in the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures. She completed her doctorate at Humboldt’s Institute of European Ethnology.
Subject: Museum StudiesJewish StudiesEducational StudiesMemory Studies
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