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Memory's anchors : an exploration of the role of material culture in remembering the Jews of Kazimierz in Krakow, Poland

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Memory's anchors : an exploration of the role of material culture in remembering the Jews of Kazimierz in Krakow, Poland

Wolfson, Katarzyna (2002) Memory's anchors : an exploration of the role of material culture in remembering the Jews of Kazimierz in Krakow, Poland. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The quarter of Kazimierz provides an anchor for the memory of Jewish life in Poland. The tangible nature of the quarter promotes different modes of remembering. This ethnographic study investigates the role of material sites, objects and photographs in remembering the Jews of Kazimierz. First, the physical landscape of the quarter is introduced through a walking tour. The tour is supplemented with narratives of three Holocaust survivors who all share personal connections with Kazimierz. Also, the trade in Judaica and its role in the commemoration of Polish Jews is examined. In an exploration of three different categories of objects, their agency is problematized and accentuated. Lastly a photographic narrative of the quarter is presented. Through this visual record the construction and maintenance of the quarter as a place of memory is considered. The following include some of the notions this thesis incorporates: material culture, remembrance, collective memory, consumption and photographic representation.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Wolfson, Katarzyna
Pagination:vii, 154 leaves : ill., maps ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Sociology and Anthropology
Date:2002
Thesis Supervisor(s):LeBlanc, Marie Nathalie
ID Code:1886
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:23
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:23
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