I-memory: Selfies and self-witnessing in #uploading_holocaust (2016)

Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann*, Lital Henig

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This chapter explores the implications of the selfie-perspective for Holocaust memory in the digital age. We analyse sequences from the Israeli documentary film, #Uploading_Holocaust (2016), which were taken during visits at memorial sites. We argue that such audio-visual self-representations communicate the complex relationship between individual subject positions, a presumably meaningful past, and contemporary modes of commemoration. We also claim that the creators of such videos often aim to inscribe themselves into memory culture, while at the same time struggling with the emotional complexity of their encounters with memorial sites. In doing so, they integrate the memory of past events into their present social media lives. We describe this interplay of mnemonic self-inscription and the integration of memories by means of digital technology, as i-Memory: a term that interlinks the subjective adaptation of digital commemorative practices with interactive modes of engagement with history, through memorial sites.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationDigital Holocaust Memory, Education and Research
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages213-235
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783030834968
ISBN (Print)9783030834951
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Dec 2021

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