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World War 2.0: commemorating war and holocaust in Poland through Facebook

Dieter De Bruyn (UGent)
(2010) DIGITAL ICONS. 4. p.45-62
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The Internet seems to have become the area where instances of individual and collective remembrance, of private and public commemoration, and of memory and postmemory intersect in a new and effective way. This article explores two Polish examples of World War II and Holocaust commemoration that have recently been issued on Facebook: the Warsaw Rising commemorative campaign and the educational project on the young Holocaust victim Henio Żytomirski. As the analysis demonstrates, what determines the value of such online projects is their performative effectiveness. The examination of both examples aims to contribute to the current debate on cultural memory, in which the focus is increasingly on the dynamical and processual character of remembering, rather than on memory as a static product.
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Web 2.0, Facebook, commemorative performance, Poland, cultural memory, World War II, Holocaust

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De Bruyn, Dieter. 2010. “World War 2.0: Commemorating War and Holocaust in Poland Through Facebook.” Digital Icons 4: 45–62.
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De Bruyn, D. (2010). World War 2.0: commemorating war and holocaust in Poland through Facebook. DIGITAL ICONS, 4, 45–62.
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De Bruyn D. World War 2.0: commemorating war and holocaust in Poland through Facebook. DIGITAL ICONS. 2010;4:45–62.
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De Bruyn, Dieter. “World War 2.0: Commemorating War and Holocaust in Poland Through Facebook.” DIGITAL ICONS 4 (2010): 45–62. Print.
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  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {World War 2.0: commemorating war and holocaust in Poland through Facebook},
  volume       = {4},
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