The discovery, commemoration and reinterment of eleven Alsatian victims of Nazi terror, 1947– 52
Devlin M. Scofield
tot, davon 11 ermordert, 3 vermisst und nur 11
sind ins Heim zurückgekehrt’, L’Alsace [probably August 1947], StadtA
42 ‘Die sterblichen Überreste der Maquisards wurden gestern nach Thann
überführt’, L’Alsace, 14 November 1947, StadtA Offenburg.
43 For a discussion of the contested politicsofmemory in France following
the Second World War, see G. Namer, La commémoration en France de
1945 à nos jours (Paris: Editions L’Harmattan, 1987), especially ‘La commémoration’, pp. 143–62.
44 Lagrou, The Legacy of Nazi Occupation, p. 2.
45 Ibid., pp. 26
Rumours of bones and the remembrance of an exterminated people in Newfoundland - the emotive immateriality of human remains
lies the remains of someone.
The political life of dead bodies in the public sphere has received
considerable attention of late, most of which assumes the presence
of these bodies or is oriented towards the processes by which they
come into presence as they are exhumed and so (re)enter public
life, becoming embroiled in contemporary politicsofmemory and
sovereignty.1 In many ways this chapter shares this concern with the
political life of human remains; however, it is also concerned with
rumours and memories of remains that were once visible but are now