Replacing memory: The reorientation of Buchenwald

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This article examines the reconfiguration of memory at the former Buchenwald concentration camp following the reunification of Germany. Buchenwald's complex history and its function as a national memorial of communist East Germany made the reorientation process a highly controversial issue. At the centre of the controversy was the distinction between heroes, victims and perpetrators. The reorientation of Buchenwald cast the successive chapters of Buchenwald's history - as a Nazi concentration camp, as a Soviet detention camp and as an East German memorial shrine - in the mould of three geographically separated spheres of memory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalCultural Geographies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


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