Post-Memory

Marianne Hirsch describes post-memory as the relationship of the children of those who survived or witnessed cultural and collective trauma, to the experiences of their parents. These experiences transmitted through stories or images, where so strong, so monumental, that they conjured up there own memories:

“Post-memory is a powerful form of memory precisely because its connection to its object or source is mediated not through recollection but through projection, investment, and creation. It describes the relationship of the second generation to the first – their curiosity and desire, as well as their ambivalence about wanting to own this knowledge.” (M. Hirsch and L. Spitzer, War Stories: Witnessing in Retrospect, in: Image and Remembrance. Representation and the Holocaust, ed. S. Hornstein and F. Jacobowitz, Indiana University Press 2003, p. 139.)

 

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