Transformation of Holocaust Memory in Times of COVID-19

IWM Corona Blog - Wednesday, 06.05.2020

Post in the Corona Blog of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna by Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann about the development of distinct modes of social media memory in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

The blog post describes how the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic on Holocaust commemoration intensified the development of distinct modes of social media memory. By forcing to close the historical sites, the pandemic challenged the privileged position of Holocaust memorials as exclusive places of an encounter with the past. In addition, the disease specifically affected the generation of the last remaining Holocaust survivors. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann explores transitions of Holocaust memory in times of COVID-19 when memorials are forced to relocate in digital environments and establish new forms of virtual commemoration on social media.