Remembering Complexity? Memorials for Nazi Victims in Berlin

International Journal of Transitional Justice, Forthcoming

31 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2012

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Christiane Wilke

Carleton University - Department of Law and Legal Studies

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

How do memorials shape who we think we are? And how are our identities involved when we debate, create, and interact with memorials? This essay engages in a conversation with scholarship on intersectional identities and memorial practices in Berlin. Intersectionality scholarship, with its roots in US critical race feminism, has much to offer for thinking about the complexity of identities, yet it does not consider the role of memory, time, and temporality. The scholarship on memory and memorials, in turn, does not sufficiently consider the complexity of identities of those who are memorialized and of those who visit memorials. The essay asks how three different monuments for Nazi victims in Berlin allow for or facilitate the memory of complex identities. The example of the Monument for the Persecuted Homosexuals shows that memorial practices can be crucial in contemporary identity politics and social movements. The essay calls for a more self-reflexive approach to the role of identities and complexity in memorial scholarship and practice.

Keywords: Memorials, Intersectionality, sexuality, Nazi victims, gay, lesbian, identity politics, communist, Magnus Hirschfeld

Suggested Citation

Wilke, Christiane, Remembering Complexity? Memorials for Nazi Victims in Berlin (2012). International Journal of Transitional Justice, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2144468

Christiane Wilke (Contact Author)

Carleton University - Department of Law and Legal Studies ( email )

Department of Law, C 473 Loeb
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
Canada

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