Postmemory / Bodily Memory: Holocaust at Present

Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 4:00pm - 5:30pm, IWM library

Numbered. A film by Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai, 2012

In recent years, there has been a growing public debate in Israel about a new and rather contested form of commemoration in which descendants of Holocaust survivors tattoo themselves with prisoner identification numbers— perhaps one of the most iconic emblems of Auschwitz. The talk will situate this act in the larger framework of postmemory, posing the question of whether the skin can be a medium for transmitting intergenerational memories of unlived experiences. Of import for understanding such a phenomenon is the social function of these tattoos in relation to other institutionalized commemoration practices today.

Ella Klik is a PhD candidate at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and a Junior Visiting Fellow at the IWM.

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