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Pollution, contamination and the neglected dead in post-war Saigon
Christophe Robert

use muddy trails as shortcuts: motorbike and foot traffic is incessant in the cemeteries. People visit relatives’ graves by motorbike, and ask street sellers and passersby for directions into the maze of tombs. The educated middle classes deplore the lack of civilised behaviour – the lack of civility – of the poor. Why do discourses about poverty collide with those about death, moralised and displaced into the realm of culture and civilised behaviour? In marginal areas where occupancy is less dense, where land rights are not clearly established, and in transitional

in Governing the dead
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How grave robbers, activists, and foreigners ended official silence about Stalin’s mass graves near Kiev
Karel C. Berkhoff

and car rides spent on shooting people and transporting bodies.5 The main killing locations were a prison at Rosa Luxemburg Street (today’s Lypky Street), where the NKVD of the Kiev oblast (region) had its headquarters and shot people in the cellar; a prison in the Lukianivka district, where prisoners were brought up in an elevator; the republican NKVD’s headquarters on Instytutska Street, known as the October Palace (rebuilt after the Second World War and now housing an International Centre of Culture and Arts); and a police prison at Korolenko Street (now

in Human remains and identification
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Machines of mass incineration in fact, fiction, and forensics
Robert Jan van Pelt

cinders blinded us. Through the screened fence of the second crematory we could see figures with pitchforks moving against the background of flames.… I felt, as if at any moment, the earth would open and swallow us with this hell.5 The comparison became routine. In 1971 the Jewish critic and philosopher George Steiner noted that the death camps ‘are the transference of Hell from below the earth to its surface.… In the camps, the millenary pornography of fear and vengeance, cultivated in the Western mind by Christian doctrines of damnation, was realized’.6 The

in Destruction and human remains
Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa
Nicky Rousseau

), 233–57. Rassool & Legassick, Skeletons in the Cupboard. For an exploration of these themes in Namibia, see M. Biwa, ‘“Weaving the past with threads of memory”: narratives and commemorations of the colonial war in Missing persons and colonial skeletons in South Africa   199 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 Southern Namibia’ (unpublished PhD thesis, University of the Western Cape, 2012). Lalu, Deaths of Hintsa, pp. 1–30. Rassool, ‘Human remains’; Rassool & Legassick, Skeletons in the Cupboard. Rassool, ‘Human

in Human remains and identification
Massacres, missing corpses, and silence in a Bosnian community
Max Bergholz

, DHR.indb 15 5/15/2014 12:51:04 PM 16  Max Bergholz particularly those of their relatives, neighbours, and fellow fighters, and the ebb and flow of mass killing. The community in question lived in the Kulen Vakuf region of north-western Bosnia, approximately 50 km from the city of Bihać. On the eve of the Second World War, the municipality of Kulen Vakuf comprised a section of the Una River valley and its surrounding hills. In the valley were Muslim villages and the town of Kulen Vakuf. Its population was nearly entirely Muslim, while in the surrounding hills were

in Destruction and human remains