chapter  5
31 Pages

The Holocaust in the 21st Century

Digital anxiety, transnational cosmopolitanism, and never again genocide without memory
WithWulf Kansteiner

The essay engages with a wide range of digitally supported Holocaust-related content matter distributed via video games, social media sites, file sharing platforms, didactic media, and brick-and-mortar memory institutions. Significant apprehension about immersive simulations of Holocaust history and pervasive patterns of censorship are tipping the scales of remediation towards time-tested aesthetic strategies of Holocaust interpretation. As a result, contemporary digital Holocaust memory sidesteps emergent, participatory, and multi-directional forms of communicative memory favoring instead the broadcasting of cosmopolitan political values within carefully monitored cultural settings. Official Holocaust memory thus runs the risk of losing political relevance and failing to take advantage of self-reflexive memory opportunities inherent in virtual reality and serious gaming technologies.