'man bedauert es, daß die stimmen nur selten, nur in ganz besonders hellen und klaren nächten zu hören sind‘: Haunted landscapes and Holocaust memory in Romanian-German literature

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Abstract

Confronting the local history of the Holocaust, ethnic German writers such as Franz Hodjak, Werner Söllner and Herta Müller focus on the rural landscape and the proximity of killing to daily life in Romania, rendering innocuous agricultural activities and the beauty of the countryside – so often idealised in the German culture of Heimat – uncanny and threatening. The presence of human remains in the soil and the function of rural tranquillity in facilitating amnesia surrounding the fascist past mean that landscapes become a veneer concealing historical realities. In thematising the tension between local memory and international remembrance these authors pre-empt recent efforts by historians and cultural theorists to diversify and complicate Holocaust memory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-664
Number of pages26
JournalModern Language Review
Volume115
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2020

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