Visual Perspectives in Holocaust Memory Culture

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Communicating the Holocaust at museums and memorial sites is driven by the responsibility of preserving evidence of the atrocities and providing testimonies of victims, bystanders, and perpetrators. Several generations later, the impact of the Holocaust continues to influence us in different ways—as young or older individuals, families, communities, or societies—even if it feels less relevant to our daily lives. At the same time, we are living in an extremely mediatized reality—digitalization and new technologies have completely changed our access to, and our ways of dealing with information and history. This article analyzes current narrative approaches about the Holocaust based on experiences from four student workshops and communication with institutions associated with the workshops (museums, memorial sites, and projects in Germany and Poland). A major focus of this article is directed to visual expressions in communicating the Holocaust. Due to drastically changed media habits during the last decades, this article draws attention to those institutions’ perspectives and challenges in communicating the Holocaust.