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Annihilating DifferenceThe Anthropology of Genocide$
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Alexander Laban Hinton

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230286

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230286.001.0001

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Archives of Violence: The Holocaust and the German Politics of Memory

Archives of Violence: The Holocaust and the German Politics of Memory

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Annihilating Difference

Uli Linke

University of California Press

This chapter studies the links between modernity and genocide through the idea of social memory. It argues that Nazi racial aesthetics have persisted in German cultural memory and are apparent in a number of sociopolitical forms. It also discusses an issue that is often ignored in genocide studies, namely the effect of genocide on perpetrators and bystanders and their descendants. This chapter shows that right after the Holocaust, Germans reacted to their embarrassing and painful legacy with denial, embarrassment, and silence.

Keywords:   social memory, Nazi, racial aesthetics, cultural memory, sociopolitical forms, genocide studies, effect of genocide, Holocaust

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