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“It is the only photograph of Lotte and Carl Hirsch, my parents, taken during the war years, and it is tiny, 2.5 × 3.5 centimeters, about the size of a 35-millimeter negative, with unevenly cut edges. I have always loved this image of a stylish young couple – newlyweds walking confidently down an active urban street. The more difficult it was to make out the details of the faded and slightly spotted black-and-white image, the more mysterious and enticing it became to me over the years.” (1) – with this description of an extremely personal photo Marianne Hirsch (American Holocaust researcher, author of the “postmemory” term, holocaust survivors’ daughter) begins one of the chapters in her book “The generation of postmemory”.

I will start by telling a story. As of late, most talks about historical memory have become practically impossible to carry without telling stories – the stories of common people, who just speak about their lives. That’s odd, because historical memory is a superindividual phenomenon, something we “remember” together, as a collective, something usually not related to our personal memory.

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