On responsibility (Master thesis)

Κεχαγιά, Θεοδώρα


The Holocaust keeps the question of responsibility open, at a political, historical and moral level. This study examines the way in which responsibility enters the museum narrative. The key analytical tool of this dissertation is the concept of the banality of evil defined by Hannah Arendt, along with the critique towards the elements of modernity that shaped the Holocaust, according to the theoretical approaches of Bauman, Anders and Steinfeld. The most common way in which perpetrators are being treated is demonization, a solid stereotype difficult to overcome, as it provides a sense of security and banishes the unpleasant presence of the perpetrators in the realm of the absurd and non-human. Through three case studies, the Topography of Terror in Berlin, the museum of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and the museum inside the Ravensbrück women's concentration camp in Germany, this dissertation attempts to examine the role of the perpetrators and its context within the museum narrative. Thereby an effort to evaluate the politics and the poetics of these exhibitions is made. The notion of responsibility can only be studied in the context of human activity, directly linked to the sense of judgment and decision making.
Alternative title / Subtitle: η διεθνής εμπειρία μουσείων και εκθέσεων του Ολοκαυτώματος
an international study about Holocaust museums and exhibitions
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών. Τμήμα Πλαστικών Τεχνών και Επιστημών της Τέχνης
Subject classification: Ολοκαύτωμα, Εβραϊκό (1939-1945), στην τέχνη.
Keywords: Ολοκαύτωμα,Θύτης,Κοινοτοπία του κακούκοινοτοπία του κακού,Έννοια της ευθύνης,Νεωτερικότητα,Δαιμονοποίηση,Τοπογραφία του Τρόμου,Μουσείο του Yad Vashem,Στρατόπεδο Ravensbrück,Holocaust,Perpetrators,Banality of evil,Modernity,Sense of responsibility,Demonization,Topography of Terror,Museum of Yad Vashem,Ravensbrück
URI: http://olympias.lib.uoi.gr/jspui/handle/123456789/27863
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