When I enter a museum – I can put on one of two hats. I can be the budding museum professional my graduate program is preparing me to be or I can suspend my disbelief and morph into a casual museum visitor. One allows me the freedom to examine exhibitions with a critical eye and […]Read more "When Teaching Becomes Tricky"
Thinking more about our discussion on Tuesday, and having read this New York Times article and the reactions to it, I want to explore the topic of “ownership” of the Holocaust a little more. I am increasingly frustrated with the point of view that any one group should “own” history. It is critical that we […]Read more "Who Owns History?"
The word “holocaust” is of Greek origin and means “sacrifice by fire.” But that is the easy definition. The Holocaust means many things to many different people. It is about remembrance of the victims, recognition of the strength of survivors, and acknowledgment of what happens when humans fail to tolerate others’ differences. In 2005, the […]Read more "The Men with the Pink Triangle: Breaking the Long Silence"
Do museum curators have a right to be control freaks when it comes to interpreting sensitive or cultural history? After reading Preserving Memories by Edward Linenthal I came away with the question of who should control the memory of the Holocaust in the United States. The survivors? Or does authority lie with those outside of […]Read more "Control Issues: Memory and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum"
I get emotional every time I read a Holocaust survivor’s memoir, watch the movie Life is Beautiful, or view Holocaust themed works of art. Beyond the inevitable tears, my immediate reaction to stories about the Holocaust includes anger, disillusionment, and the realization that I can never truly understand the horror that millions of people experienced. […]Read more "Up Close and Personal"