The complete lives of camp people. Colonialism, fascism, concentrated modernity. (Book, 2020) [University of Maryland, College Park]
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The complete lives of camp people. Colonialism, fascism, concentrated modernity.

Author: Rudolf Mrázek
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press 2020.
Series: Theory in forms.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 'The Complete Lives of Camp People' Rudolf Mrázek presents a sweeping study of the material and cultural lives of twentieth-century concentration camp internees and the multiple ways in which their experiences speak to the fundamental logics of modernity. Mrázek focuses on the minutiae of daily life in two camps: Theresienstadt, a Nazi "ghetto" for Jews near Prague, and the Dutch "isolation camp" Boven  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rudolf Mrázek
ISBN: 9781478005773 1478005777
OCLC Number: 1263760881
Description: 496 p.
Series Title: Theory in forms.
Responsibility: Rudolf Mrázek.

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In 'The Complete Lives of Camp People' Rudolf Mrázek presents a sweeping study of the material and cultural lives of twentieth-century concentration camp internees and the multiple ways in which their experiences speak to the fundamental logics of modernity. Mrázek focuses on the minutiae of daily life in two camps: Theresienstadt, a Nazi "ghetto" for Jews near Prague, and the Dutch "isolation camp" Boven Digoel-which was located in a remote part of New Guinea between 1927 and 1943 and held Indonesian rebels who attempted to overthrow the colonial government. Drawing on a mix of interviews with survivors and their descendants, archival accounts, ephemera, and media representations, Mrázek shows how modern life's most mundane tasks-buying clothes, getting haircuts, playing sports-continued on in the camps, which were themselves designed, built, and managed in accordance with modernity's tenets. In this way, Mrázek demonstrates that concentration camps are not exceptional spaces; they are the locus of modernity in its most distilled form.
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