In Remembering Genocide an international group of scholars draw on current research from a range of disciplines to explore how communities throughout the world remember genocide. Whether coming to terms with atrocities committed in Namibia and Rwanda, Australia, Canada, the Punjab, Armenia, Cambodia and during the Holocaust, those seeking to remember genocide are confronted with numerous challenges. Survivors grapple with the possibility, or even the desirability, of recalling painful memories. Societies where genocide has been perpetrated find it difficult to engage with an uncomfortable historical legacy.

Still, to forget genocide, as this volume edited by Nigel Eltringham and Pam Maclean shows, is not an option. To do so reinforces the vulnerability of groups whose very existence remains in jeopardy and denies them the possibility of bringing perpetrators to justice. Contributors discuss how genocide is represented in media including literature, memorial books, film and audiovisual testimony. Debates surrounding the role museums and monuments play in constructing and transmitting memory are highlighted. Finally, authors engage with controversies arising from attempts to mobilise and manipulate memory in the service of reconciliation, compensation and transitional justice.    

chapter |18 pages

Remembering genocide

chapter 2|16 pages

Three films, one genocide

Remembering the Armenian Genocide through Ravished Armenia(s)

chapter 3|17 pages

Memorial stories

Commemorating the Rwanda Genocide through fiction

chapter 4|21 pages

To be hunted like animals

Samuel and Joseph Chanesman remember their survival in the Polish countryside during the Holocaust

chapter 5|20 pages

Set in stone?

The intergenerational and institutional transmission of Holocaust memory

chapter 6|19 pages

National memory and museums

Remembering settler colonial genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada

chapter 7|21 pages

Memory at the site

Witnessing, education and the repurposing of Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek in Cambodia

chapter 8|24 pages

Contested notions of genocide and commemoration

The case of the Herero in Namibia

chapter 9|24 pages

Burying genocide

Official remembrance and reconciliation in Australia

chapter 10|20 pages

Bodies of evidence

Remembering the Rwandan genocide at Murambi