Zuzanna Bogumił and Joanna Wawrzyniak, etc.

The Enemy on Display

the Second World War in Eastern European Museums

Berghgahn Books 2018

Books ReceivedBooks Received: Eastern European StudiesBooks Received: European StudiesBooks Received: Genocide StudiesBooks Received: German StudiesBooks Received: History February 21, 2018

Buy from NBN/University Press Books, Berkeley Eastern European museums represent traumatic events of World War II, such as the Siege of Leningrad, the Warsaw...

Eastern European museums represent traumatic events of World War II, such as the Siege of Leningrad, the Warsaw Uprisings, and the Bombardment of Dresden, in ways that depict the enemy in particular ways. This image results from the interweaving of historical representations, cultural stereotypes and beliefs, political discourses, and the dynamics of exhibition narratives. This book presents a useful methodology for examining museum images and provides a critical analysis of the role historical museums play in the contemporary world. As the catastrophes of World War II still exert an enormous influence on the national identities of Russians, Poles, and Germans, museum exhibits can thus play an important role in this process.

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