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Nie-miejsca pamięci o ludności żydowskiej w Zabrzu
Non-places of memory about the Jewish community in Zabrze

Author(s): Monika Habdas
Subject(s): Sociology of Culture
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: places of memory; non-places of memory; landscape of memory;oblivion;
Summary/Abstract: A landscape in the context of memory is a record and a testimony of the previous generations that lived around and therefore influenced the shape of the landscape. The nature of the landscape is twofold: not only does it have a material context, but also it is an output of the perception of the people who relate to it. The landscape consists of places. The places make it possible to define the identity and at the same time can be used as carriers of memory. The memory of the place can have a form of locus or memorial. The memory landscape consists itself of places of memory and non-places of memory. In her exploratory research in three locations in Zabrze, the author tries to discover the attributes of the landscapes of (or “after”) the Jewish community in Zabrze. Are the chosen locations places of memory or non-places of memory? The result of the research suggests that the memory about the Jewish community is very poor, and the investigated places are rather non-memory places in the landscape of the memory.

  • Page Range: 109-121
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Polish