The Cultural Politics of Progenic Auschwitz Tattoos: 157622, A-15510, 4559, …

Daniel Brouwer, Linda Diane Horwitz

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Abstract

Facing the loss of the last generation of Holocaust survivors, progeny of survivors have begun to tattoo their ancestors’ Auschwitz numbers on their own bodies. We investigate the rhetoricity of progenic tattooing through semiotic, affective, and pedagogical registers. We argue that shifting conditions of discourse across time alter decorum about public memory of the Holocaust. Further, the progenic practice, constituting a distinct form of trauma tattoo, enacts a mode of postmemory through a resignification of the original sign that makes visible the intergenerational trauma of the Holocaust.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)534-558
Number of pages25
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Volume101
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

Keywords

  • Holocaust
  • Kairos
  • Public Memory
  • Resignification
  • Tattoos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education

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