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A Religion en plein public. Charlotte Salomon and the Theatre of Memory

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This chapter explores the symbolic religious dimension of historical memorials to which Pierre Nora refers on the work of Charlotte Salomon. The way in which Charlotte tells her life history reflects the way in which one can pass on her narrative, and that of so many others who lost their voice. The chapter analyzes the way in which witness accounts like Charlotte's, narratives with an almost monumental status because they represent and provide access to a public universal message on behalf of a community, can be of great importance to society in this redemptive regard and thus to the contemporary culture of commemoration. The chapter also shows in which way this symbolic function of the principles of creation and salvation can be identified as a part of a 'holy game', which gives places of memory a transcendental connotation.

Keywords: Charlotte Salomon; commemoration; Pierre Nora; principle of creation; principle of salvation; symbolic religious dimension



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