Custodian of our past : constructing the State Memorial Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau / Jessica Mary Beryl Antoline.
In 1947, the State Memorial Museum at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oświe¸cim, Poland was the first Museum to open in post-war Europe dedicated to the Holocaust and to the Nazi genocides from 1933 until 1945. Located on the grounds of the largest death camp constructed during the period, the Auschwitz Museum offered visitors the opportunity to understand the nature of the murders committed across Europe and the Soviet Union.Six decades later, the Auschwitz Museum now offers scholars a unique opportunity to reflect upon the historical development of the Holocaust museum, a key institution used in education across the world. Through its use of objects, historical documents, exhibitions and authentic locations, the Auschwitz Museum seeks to commemorate the Nazi genocides by using a diverse number of approaches to understanding the past. This work argues that the Auschwitz Museum is now a custodian of the past, an essential institution representing the Holocaust to a global public. Its position as a central image of the Holocaust allows the Auschwitz Museum to not only tell the stories of the past, but also to provide a base from which future generations may commemorate and draw lessons from the Holocaust.
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