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Title:Beyond Experience: The Mediation of Traumatic Memories in South African History Museums
Author:Geschier, Sofie
Periodical:Transformation: Critical Perspectives on Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
oral history
Education and Oral Traditions
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
Urbanization and Migration
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/transformation/v059/59.1geschier.pdf
Abstract:South Africa is ten years into its democracy and history is being actively rewritten and negotiated while many of the primary witnesses are still alive. The author examines the question of how museum facilitators define and analyse the role of primary narratives of traumatic events such as the Holocaust and apartheid-forced removals in pedagogical interactions with a younger generation. The data entails interviews conducted in 2003 with museum facilitators of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre and the District Six Museum. Two of the Holocaust Centre interviewees are Holocaust survivors and all District Six Museum interviewees lived in District Six - the space that was District Six was destroyed and the community living there evicted in the context of apartheid policy. The author asked the interviewees how they perceive their own role in facilitating school visits and what, according to them, is the role of primary narratives of traumatic events in these interactions with young people. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]