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O wystawianiu historii. Świadek Zagłady na scenie zbrodni
Exhibiting History: The Holocaust Witness on the Crime Scene

Author(s): Aleksandra Szczepan
Subject(s): Criminal Law, Criminology, History of the Holocaust, Sociology of Law
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Holocaust; witness; video testimony; crime scene; landscape;

Summary/Abstract: Szczepan examines Holocaust bystanders’ accounts recorded on video in locations that remain unmarked and unremembered. She proposes to read those videos as visual documents that simultaneously represent and establish such locations as crime scenes. The crime scene – a term that is used in forensic and performative studies – allows us to perceive the unmarked and unremembered locations of the Holocaust as both a reservoir of traces of the past, material evidence, as well as a space for reconstruction of events in performative acts of witnessing. Szczepan uses quotations from over a dozen video testimonies and interprets these documents as acts of recreating and creating crime scenes with respect to six categories: the archive, the witness, the landscape, time structure, reconstruction and framing.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 309-323
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish