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Art-Based Approaches to Transitional Justice

In light of the growing number of hate crimes, anti-Semitism and a rise in xenophobia in Germany over the past decade, many scholars and practitioners believe that remembrance culture in Germany is fading. Errinerungskultur, or how societies deal with their historic pasts, is particularly important in Germany because of its ongoing reckoning with the events of the Holocaust.

One way of dealing with the societal aftermath of such conflict is the process of transitional justice, which seeks to correct the wrongdoings of the past and actively build better social, cultural and reconciliatory processes into post-conflict societies. These processes can encompass a number of projects including war crimes trials, victim reparations and memorialization efforts. This research examines how arts-based memorialization projects impact errinerungskultur in Germany.

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