In the winter of 2009, I travel to Berlin to be part of Germany Close Up, a strategic initiative, co-created by the General Consul in New York and the Central Council of Jews in Germany, and now administered by action Reconciliation Service for Peace in cooperation with the New Synagogue Berlin, to “encourage German-Jewish-North American dialogue as well as to strengthen the involvement of the North American Jewish community in transatlantic relations” (germanycloseup.de). For nine days, our group tours modern and historical sites throughout the capitol city, including a visit to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The memorial consists of 2,711 concrete slabs, or stelae, that bare no markings such as name or date. The stelae are cold and smooth to the touch and their size inconsistent; some tower above the head...
Autoethnography and Memory/Memorials of Conflict and Crisis
Rachel E. Silverman (PhD, University of South Florida) is an associate professor of communication in the Department of Humanities and Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She teaches Speech, Introduction to Media, Environmental Communication, Travel Communication, and Cross-Cultural Communication. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender performances as they relate to Jewish and LGBTQ identity in popular culture. She also specializes in women’s reproductive health narratives and the role of communication in women’s health medical education. All of her work is grounded in activist rhetoric and the praxis of creating social change.
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Rachel E. Silverman; Autoethnography and Memory/Memorials of Conflict and Crisis. Journal of Autoethnography 11 January 2021; 2 (1): 75–77. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/joae.2021.2.1.75
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