The campaign to build the Tombeau du Martyr Juif Inconnu in Paris (today Mémorial de la Shoah) in the 1950s transcended both national and religious barriers. Without denying the Jewish significance of the genocide, this campaign targeted various religious communities and received international political support. However, while the Holocaust today has become a catalyst for critical reflection on national shame and guilt, this article suggests that the emergence of this remembrance in the early Cold War era did not necessarily challenge or deconstruct existing heroic national narratives of the past. By associating the commemoration of this genocide with positive deeds and intercultural solidarity, the whole project was indeed successful.
History & Memory explores the manifold ways in which the past shapes the present and is shaped by present perceptions. The journal focuses on a wide range of questions relating to the formation of historical consciousness and collective memory, the role of historical memory in modern and premodern cultures, and the relationship between historical research and images of the past in different societies and cultures. History & Memory aims to explore not only official representations of the past in public monuments and commemorations but also the role of oral history and personal narratives, the influence of the new media in shaping historical consciousness, and the renewed relevance of history writing for emerging nations and social conflicts.
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