‘Your Story Too?’

The New Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum
  • Steven Cooke


The landscapes of the Holocaust are many and varied. They encompass the sites of camps and killing fields of Europe, but also too the memorial landscapes that reference the myriad ways in which the post-war world has attempted to frame our memory of the events that we call the Holocaust. Discussion surrounding representations of the Holocaust, in a variety of different media, has come to the fore in recent years and has prompted heated and sometimes acrimonious debate.


Jewish Community Jewish Identity Jewish Life Holocaust Education Jewish Experience 
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