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Historical Thinking “on the Other Side of the Wall”: The Influence of Historical Research and Political Changes in the Memory of Treviso-Monigo Concentration Camp
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History, The Hugo Valentin Centre.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to underline the validity of those theoretical approaches that present political changes and ideological positions as influencing historical research and collective memory. To do so, this thesis will analyze media and historical production regarding the case of Treviso-Monigo concentration camp as an empirical case study. considering books, articles from national and local newspapers, and local initiatives organized between 1980 and 2018. This thesis will underline that political actors initially considered the deportations to this camp as results of Fascist violence against political opponents, while, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and transformations in the Italian political arena, the attitude about the camp changed. Moreover, the approval in 2000 of the Holocaust Memorial Day and in 2004 of the Day of Remembrance of the Italian Exodus by the Italian Parliament provoked a rise in the production of historical works and commemorative initiatives about this camp, perceived less as a place of political Resistance and more as an example of inter-ethnic violence between Italy and Yugoslavia. The results of this work will demonstrate that this case can illustrate the connection between representations of historical events and changes in the social-political context. In addition to that, investigating on a local level the initiatives regarding the memory of acts of violence committed during the Second World War will aid the understanding of future challenges concerning similar cases in other circumstances.

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2018. , p. 93
Keyword [en]
Italy, memory, concentration camp, Treviso
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Humanities and the Arts History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-352458OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-352458DiVA, id: diva2:1213554
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Available from: 2018-06-11 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-06-11Bibliographically approved

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