Confronting the temporary closure of exhibitions and memorial sites, many Holocaust memorials and museums quickly switched from on-site to online commemorative practices. New digital projects evolved in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic that discovered social media as complex commemorative space. While prior to this digital Holocaust memory was mostly manifest in prestigious digital preservation or virtual simulation projects located in controlled environments with exclusive access, the pandemic became a catalyst for formerly uncommon participatory engagement through virtual forms of commemoration. This research project explores digital commemorative projects initiated by Holocaust memorials and museums during the COVI-19 pandemic in light of earlier expressions of digital commemorative culture that became a driving force towards a new social media memory.
Principle Investigator: Dr. Tobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann
- The Digital Transformation of Holocaust Memory in Times of COVID-19: Prospects and Challenges for European Societies, Israel and the World
- #RememberingFromHome: Survey on how Holocaust Memorials and Museums coped with the challenges posed by COVID-19
- Holocaust Remembrance in Times of Covid-19: How the pandemic shaped hybrid forms of commemoration