Representations of Jews and the Holocaust takes a closer look into how historical institutions within the United States and Germany represent and deal with the guilt of the Holocaust.
The purpose of the museum as well as the curatorial decisions that go into creating exhibitions are examined through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., the Jewish Museum in Berlin as well as the concentration camp Dachau. A few of the main questions and feats when presenting the Holocaust to the public are discussed as well. Which artifacts should and should not be put on display? How does one put genocide on display without going too far, yet still staying historically accurate? Is there a clear difference of the representations of Jews and the Holocaust depending on where the museum is located? How does architecture play a role in presenting exhibits?
The use of photographs and specific exhibits within the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Jewish Museum as well as the concentration camp Dachau help us to answer and understand these issues and more.