Background

To prepare and understand visits to the sites that are introduced here, we recommend the following materials:

 

Berlin and Oranienburg 

Berlin: “Germany” and “Berlin” from The Holocaust Sites of Europe

Topography of Terror: Caroline Pearce, “The Role of German Perpetrator Sites in Teaching and Confronting the Nazi Past”

Hans-Christian Jasch, “The House of the Wannsee Conference: Tourism and Holocaust Education at a Perpetrator Site”

Memorial to Gay and Lesbian Victims of the Nazi Regime: Material (PDFs and films) in Box folder “Memorial to the Homosexuals Persecuted under the National Socialist Regime”

Berlin Jewish Museum: Jennifer Hansen-Glücklich, “An Architecture of Absence: Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin” from Holocaust Memory Reframed: Museums and the Challenges of Representation

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe: Brigitte Sion, “Affective Memory, Ineffective Functionality: Experiencing Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe”

“Sachsenhausen” from The Holocaust Sites of Europe

 

Oświęcim and Auschwitz

Auschwitz I: “Auschwitz-Birkenau” from The Holocaust Sites of Europe (section on Auschwitz main camp)

“Auschwitz-Birkenau” from The Holocaust Sites of Europe (section on Birkenau)

Oświęcim: “Poland” and “Auschwitz-Birkenau” (section on Oświeçim) from The Holocaust Sites of Europe

 

 

Krakow 

“Poland” and “Krakow” from The Holocaust Sites of Europe

Podcast: Erica Lehrer on her book Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (Indiana Universoty Press, 2013) 

 

Warsaw

“Poland” and “Warsaw” from The Holocaust Sites of Europe

POLIN: Barbara Kirschenblett-Gimblett, “Making History Tangible: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw”

Warsaw Ghetto Monument: James E. Young, “The Biography of a Memorial Icon: Nathan Rapoport’s Warsaw Ghetto Monument”

 

Treblinka 

Treblinka: “Treblinka” from The Holocaust Sites of Europe 

excerpt from James E. Young, “Broken Tablets and Jewish Memory in Poland” (pp. 186-192)

 

Vilnius

“Lithuania” and “Vilnius” from The Holocaust Sites of Europe

“Paneriai” from The Holocaust Sites of Europe

Elena Makhotina, “Between ‘Suffered’ Memory and ‘Learned’ Memory: The Holocaust and Jewish History in Lithuanian Museums and Memorials After 1990” 

Vėliučionys: “Mass Murder of the Jews in Veliučionys” from Holocaust Atlas of Lithuania 

Martin Dean,“Lithuania Region (Generalkommissariat Litauen),” from The USHMM Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, Vol. II: Ghettos in German-Occupied Eastern Europe, Part B