The Holocaust Memorial Museum: A Built Theodicy

  • Avril Alba
Part of the The Holocaust and its Contexts book series (HOLC)


Holocaust memorial museums are increasingly familiar fixtures in the public landscape.2 As active contributors to the development of communal and national memories, their political role, discernible in the careful weaving of civic values and national narratives into both architecture and display, has been broadly acknowledged.3 As the larger (and more influential) of these institutions are often state-funded, their very existence serves to frame Holocaust history within distinct national contexts. Subsequently, critiques of these institutions have largely focussed on how Holocaust memorial museums are ‘shaped’ by the dominant political narratives of the communities, states and nations in which they are developed.4 However, due to the prevailing understanding of these institutions as ‘historical’ and ‘secular’ in nature, their ‘metahistorical’ and ‘sacred’ underpinnings are yet to be fully explored and articulated.


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  • Avril Alba
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  1. 1.University of SydneyAustralia

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