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An Emerging "Holocaust Memorial Problem?" The Condition of Holocaust Culture in Britain

Pearce, A; (2019) An Emerging "Holocaust Memorial Problem?" The Condition of Holocaust Culture in Britain. The Journal of Holocaust Research , 33 (2) pp. 117-137. 10.1080/25785648.2019.1587583.

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Abstract

In 2021 and 2022, two major developments in Britain’s Holocaust culture are due to occur: the launch of completely revised Holocaust galleries at the Imperial War Museum London and the opening of a new national memorial and learning center alongside the Houses of Parliament. This article looks toward these events by way of examining trends and trajectories since the turn of the millennium. It argues that Holocaust culture in Britain is currently characterized by acute polarity and beset with a number of systemic issues. These include the collapsing of commemoration and education into one another, along with an emerging political agenda to tie Holocaust history and memory to “British values.” Borrowing from James E. Young, the article suggests that if these trends continue, then the early 2020s may well mark the arrival of a “Holocaust memorial problem.”

Type: Article
Title: An Emerging "Holocaust Memorial Problem?" The Condition of Holocaust Culture in Britain
DOI: 10.1080/25785648.2019.1587583
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/25785648.2019.1587583
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Holocaust consciousness, Holocaust education, memory studies, culture, Britain.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10067991
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