Michael Rothberg. Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization. (Cultural Memory in the Present.). Michael Rothberg. Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization. Stanford: Stanford University Press, xvii + pp. PDF | On Jun 1, , Harold Marcuse and others published Michael Rothberg. Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of.


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Common to all is that they combine references to the Holocaust with analyses of colonialism, especially Multidirectional memory rothberg — war against Algerian independence. This book resembles an anthology of essays, and it would transcend the limits of this review to attempt to discuss all of the eighteen or so works analyzed in depth, a few of which do little to advance the book's main theses or hinge on tenuous connections.

As a regional police inspector in Vichy France Papon supervised the deportation of 1, Jewish children. As Rothberg demonstrates, memories connect both backward and forward in time, in this multidirectional memory rothberg from the film to the massacre, to multidirectional memory rothberg trial to the deportations; the latter two, if my viewing did not overlook them, are wholly absent from the film, while the massacre is merely implicit.

Whether Hanecke himself made the Holocaust connection, or a contemporary French audience would have done so, is unclear.


These analyses ultimately lead to the second main argument of the book: I argue that collective memories of seemingly distinct histories are not easily separable from each other, but emerge dialogically.

For example, not only has memory of the Holocaust served as a vehicle through which other histories of suffering have been multidirectional memory rothberg, but the emergence of Holocaust memory itself was from the start inflected by histories of slavery, colonialism, and decolonization that at first glance multidirectional memory rothberg seem to have little to do with it.

Multidirectional Memory demonstrates, however, that the borders of memory and identity are jagged see also Landsberg, Silverman, Sanyal.

Groups do not simply articulate established positions but come into being through dialogical acts of remembrance that take place on a shared, but uneven terrain. Employing a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, the book makes multidirectional memory rothberg twofold argument about Holocaust memory in a global age by situating it in the unexpected context of decolonization.

On the one hand, it demonstrates how the Holocaust has enabled the articulation of other histories of victimization at multidirectional memory rothberg same time that it has been declared "unique" among human-perpetrated horrors.

On the other, it uncovers the more surprising and seldom acknowledged fact that public memory of the Holocaust emerged in part thanks to postwar events that seem at first to have multidirectional memory rothberg to do with it.