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Objects of WarThe Material Culture of Conflict and Displacement$
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Leora Auslander and Tara Zahra

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501720079

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501720079.001.0001

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Circuitous Journeys

Circuitous Journeys

The Migration of Objects and the Trusteeship of Memory

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Objects of War

Jeffrey Wallen

Aubrey Pomerance

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the objects given to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The domestic items that have returned to Germany after having been sent into forced exile with their Jewish owners in the 1930s and early 1940s have now settled into their new home. Their transfer to the museum signifies nonetheless a further displacement, although this time voluntary and not forced, as was the case six to seven decades earlier. Passing out of the hands of the family, the object is now resituated in a collection or exhibition that reflects back on its earlier uses and meanings. Yet for a great majority of these objects, their entrustment to the museum constitutes a resuscitation after years of disuse and disregard as well as the loss of meaning, mostly for the descendants but sometimes for the original owners as well.

Keywords:   Jewish Museum Berlin, domestic objects, forced exile, Jewish people, displacement, migration

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