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Young, James E. At Memory’s Edge: After-images of the holocaust in contemporary art and architecture. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2000. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0-300-08032-8
BibTeX citation key: Young2000
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Keywords: "Maus", History comics, Holocaust, Intermediality, Narratology, Spiegelman. Art, USA
Creators: Young
Publisher: Yale Univ. Press (New Haven)
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How should Germany commemorate the mass murder of Jews once committed in its name? In 1997, James E. Young was invited to join a German commission appointed to find an appropriate design for a national memorial in Berlin to the European Jews killed in World War II. As the only foreigner and only Jew on the panel, Young gained a unique perspective on Germany’s fraught efforts to memorialize the Holocaust. In this book, he tells for the first time the inside story of Germany’s national Holocaust memorial and his own role in it.
In exploring Germany’s memorial crisis, Young also asks the more general question of how a generation of contemporary artists can remember an event like the Holocaust, which it never knew directly. Young examines the works of a number of vanguard artists in America and Europe—including Art Spiegelman, Shimon Attie, David Levinthal, and Rachel Whiteread—all born after the Holocaust but indelibly shaped by its memory as passed down through memoirs, film, photographs, and museums. In the context of the moral and aesthetic questions raised by these avant-garde projects, Young offers fascinating insights into the controversy surrounding Berlin’s newly opened Jewish museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, as well as Germany’s soon-to-be-built national Holocaust memorial, designed by Peter Eisenman.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements (vii)
Introduction (1)

1. Art Spiegelman’s Maus and the After-Images of History (12)
2. David Levinthal’s Mein Kampf: History, Toys, and the Play of Memory (42)
3. Sites Unseen: Shimon Attie’s Acts of Remembrance, 1991–1996 (62)
4. Memory, Countermemory, and the End of the Monument: Horst Hoheisel, Micha Ullman, Rachel Whiteread, and Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock (90)
5. Memory Against Itself in Germany Today: Jochen Gerz’s Countermonuments (120)
6. Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin: The Uncanny Arts of Memorial Architecture (152)
7. Germany’s Holocaust Memorial Problem—and Mine (184)

Notes (224)
Bibliography (233)
Illustration Credits (243)
Index (244)
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