TitleWitnesses of atrocity and the preservation of memory
NamePassamano, Leigh-Ayna J. (author), St. Clair Harvey, Archer (chair), Kahlaoui, Tarek (internal member), Daniels, Brian I (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Holocaust memorials--United States,
Memorials--New York (State)--New York,
Terrorism victims' families,
Victims of terrorism,
Państwowe Muzeum Oświęcim-Brzezinka,
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center
DescriptionThis thesis aims to explore the relationship between memorial museums and survivors, the moral and ethical obligations between them, and best practices regarding this relationship. Using three museums as case studies, the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the future National September 11 Memorial and Museum, I will discuss the existing policies that dictate the relationship between memorial museums and survivors. There are different types of relationships between survivors and a memorial museum which are generally determined by the survivor’s choice of how involved they want to be with the museum. This analysis will discuss measures that museums take to include survivors and the manner in which museums reach out to survivors. Additionally, the collecting practices of these museums will be explored in respect to how they address the acquisition of objects that could be considered personal property. This study will culminate in a set of recommendations for the relationship between memorial museums and survivors. The ethical issues surrounding the rights of survivors and museums’ plans for keeping them involved with the museum has applications in the creation of policy and codes of ethics in memorial museums in the United States and abroad.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Leigh-Ayna J. Passamano
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.