EMOTIONAL GEOGRAPHY

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The intention in this article is to propose an alternative to the modernist structural manner of referring to and representing the Holocaust. The alternative is based on performative paradigms in tourist research and on the reading of Peter Eisenmann’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, acultural heritage site in the center of Berlin. In places of remembrance such as Auschwitz-Birkenau the place is the scene of the crime but in the emotional geography of Peter Eisenmann the visitor experiences a cool authenticity, a light physical inscription in the cultural heritage. Contrary to the consuming of places which the gazing tourist perform the witnessing visitor invests bodily in this place and this investment becomes the coin of exchange with the past.

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cool authenticity, body-investment, witnessing, Holocaust tourism

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Knudsen, B. T., (2006) “EMOTIONAL GEOGRAPHY”, Ethnologia Europaea 36(2), p.5-15. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1004

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  • This article was previously published by Museum Tusculanum Press.

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Britta Timm Knudsen (University of Aarhus)

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