'We Didn’t Know There Was a Women’s Camp': The Haunting Qualities of Ravensbrück

Title'We Didn’t Know There Was a Women’s Camp': The Haunting Qualities of Ravensbrück
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBormann, Natalie
Book TitleThe Ethics of Teaching at Sites of Violence and Trauma: Student Encounters with the Holocaust
Pagination46 - 62
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
City Basingstoke, UK
Abstract

This book chapter in the edited volume The Ethics of Teaching at Sites of Violence and Trauma: Student Encounters with the Holocaust explores the question of absence and loss in the invoking and representation of the Holocaust. One only needs to think of the piles of shoes and other belongings at Holocaust memorial sites that powerfully evoke the absence of the people to whom these items once belonged. Illustrations of absence also register the destruction that those who once wore the shoes and owned the belongings had to endure and suffer through. To learn about, and experience, the Holocaust through this lens of absence can often be traumatic, if not frightening, for students. In this chapter  the author borrows from scholars who use the vocabulary of “ghostly” and “haunted” qualities in relation to our intricate encounter with Holocaust sites that evoke feelings of absence and use it to explore together with students the history and memory of the women's concentration camp Ravensbrück.

URLhttps://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137594440
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