Vernacular historical practices on Holocaust non-sites of memory in Poland

2021
journal article
article
dc.abstract.enThe approach employed by memory activists to sites of memory often involves historical practices. This paper presents the results of the examination of historical practices undertaken in locations of Holocaust violence during World War II and the disposal of victims’ remains that were not memorialised properly according to local residents or other groups with an interest in the sites’ past. The analysed practices were observed in the course of field research in various locations in Poland. The goal of the research was to describe these practices, discuss their critical potential, and indicate their distinct features as activities pertaining to contested sites of memory. A central tool for approaching this task is found in concepts of “non-site of memory” and “vernacular historian” as introduced to the debate by Claude Lanzmann and Lyle Dick. As a result, the article presents the cases of four vernacular historians whose practices are experimental combinations of the components of the work of professional historians and ways of working conditioned by local cultural environments, individual experience and commitment to communal life. Although vernacular history is sometimes considered of little value by academic historians, the research shows that the practices in question have the potential to produce new, socially relevant knowledge. Two distinct features of vernacular historical practices in non-sites of memory were observed: these unmarked sites of burial attract activists and prompt them to undertake historical practices; vernacular historians of these locations often undertake unconventional, sometimes experimental activities.pl
dc.affiliationWydział Historyczny : Instytut Historiipl
dc.contributor.authorMuchowski, Jakub - 125612 pl
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-07T09:27:32Z
dc.date.available2021-12-07T09:27:32Z
dc.date.issued2021pl
dc.date.openaccess0
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dc.description.number1pl
dc.description.physical37-44pl
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dc.identifier.doi10.3897/hmc.1.63351pl
dc.identifier.eissn2666-5050pl
dc.identifier.urihttps://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/284733
dc.languageengpl
dc.language.containerengpl
dc.pbn.affiliationDziedzina nauk humanistycznych : historiapl
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dc.share.typeotwarte czasopismo
dc.subject.encontested sites of memorypl
dc.subject.enhistorical practicespl
dc.subject.enHolocaustpl
dc.subject.ennon-site of memorypl
dc.subject.enPolish memory culturespl
dc.subject.envernacular historypl
dc.subtypeArticlepl
dc.titleVernacular historical practices on Holocaust non-sites of memory in Polandpl
dc.title.journalInternational Journal of Heritage, Memory and Conflictpl
dc.typeJournalArticlepl
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dc.abstract.enpl
The approach employed by memory activists to sites of memory often involves historical practices. This paper presents the results of the examination of historical practices undertaken in locations of Holocaust violence during World War II and the disposal of victims’ remains that were not memorialised properly according to local residents or other groups with an interest in the sites’ past. The analysed practices were observed in the course of field research in various locations in Poland. The goal of the research was to describe these practices, discuss their critical potential, and indicate their distinct features as activities pertaining to contested sites of memory. A central tool for approaching this task is found in concepts of “non-site of memory” and “vernacular historian” as introduced to the debate by Claude Lanzmann and Lyle Dick. As a result, the article presents the cases of four vernacular historians whose practices are experimental combinations of the components of the work of professional historians and ways of working conditioned by local cultural environments, individual experience and commitment to communal life. Although vernacular history is sometimes considered of little value by academic historians, the research shows that the practices in question have the potential to produce new, socially relevant knowledge. Two distinct features of vernacular historical practices in non-sites of memory were observed: these unmarked sites of burial attract activists and prompt them to undertake historical practices; vernacular historians of these locations often undertake unconventional, sometimes experimental activities.
dc.affiliationpl
Wydział Historyczny : Instytut Historii
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Muchowski, Jakub - 125612
dc.date.accessioned
2021-12-07T09:27:32Z
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2021-12-07T09:27:32Z
dc.date.issuedpl
2021
dc.date.openaccess
0
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w momencie opublikowania
dc.description.numberpl
1
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37-44
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10.3897/hmc.1.63351
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2666-5050
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https://ruj.uj.edu.pl/xmlui/handle/item/284733
dc.languagepl
eng
dc.language.containerpl
eng
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Dziedzina nauk humanistycznych : historia
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Udzielam licencji. Uznanie autorstwa 4.0 Międzynarodowa
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CC-BY
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otwarte czasopismo
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contested sites of memory
dc.subject.enpl
historical practices
dc.subject.enpl
Holocaust
dc.subject.enpl
non-site of memory
dc.subject.enpl
Polish memory cultures
dc.subject.enpl
vernacular history
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Article
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Vernacular historical practices on Holocaust non-sites of memory in Poland
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International Journal of Heritage, Memory and Conflict
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JournalArticle
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