chapter  7
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NEGOTIATING ON THE GROUND(S): Guiding tours of Nazi heritage

In their careful theorisation of collective remembrance, Winter and Sivan argue that the work of secondary elites within civil society is crucial both to an understanding of the ways in which processes of remembrance are shaped and to a proper appreciation of the kinds of agency involved in these activities that exist at the interface between the individual and the state.1 Visits to heritage sites are one such ‘interface activity’. Previous chapters have also included attention to the work of secondary elites – people involved in ‘managing culture’ in the public realm – engaged in the interface activity of assembling Nazi heritage, in the Dokuzentrum and earlier exhibitions, and in other educational and artistic projects. These chapters have highlighted, among other things, some of the areas of negotiation and struggle involved in these different kinds of accompanied witnessing, as well as some of the negotiating frames through which it is conducted. This chapter continues these interests but does so by looking directly at an interface activity – literally ‘on the ground’ – between history-workers and members of the public: guided walking tours of the Rally Grounds.