Sounding the Holocaust, silencing the city: memorial soundscapes in today’s Berlin

  title={Sounding the Holocaust, silencing the city: memorial soundscapes in today’s Berlin},
  author={Phil Alexander},
  journal={Cultural Studies},
  pages={778 - 801}
  • Phil Alexander
  • Published 26 November 2018
  • Sociology, Art
  • Cultural Studies
ABSTRACT Silence appears frequently in discourses of the Holocaust – as a metaphorical absence, a warning against forgetting, or simply the only appropriate response. But powerful though these meanings are, they often underplay the ambiguity of silence’s signifying power. This article addresses the liminality of silence through an analysis of its richly textured role in the memorial soundscapes of Berlin. Beyond an aural version of erasure, unspeakability, or the space for reflection upon it, I… 
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