stumbled into genocide, as the strategy of asserting power by exterminating the Tutsi developed even as it was being implemented. The discussion carries echoes of the debate between intentionalists and structuralists in Holocauststudies, a disagreement over whether the genocide of Jews was the direct result of a master plan or grew out of the logic and structures of the Nazi state ( Mason, 1981 : 21–40; Browning, 2004 ). I discussed this issue with Des Forges shortly before her death, and she was inclined to agree with Guichaoua’s perspective, though in practice it
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field of knowledge, was partially constituted around the study of
funerary rituals and the social logics of their perpetuation.5 How
ever, despite mass violence and genocide increasingly appearing
as structural elements of the legacy of the twentieth century, and
despite research in the fields of Holocauststudies and genocide
studies developing rapidly, the dead body seems to elude the
attention of researchers, whether historians, anthropologists, or
lawyers. Very few of them have taken an interest in what became
of the millions of corpses produced by mass crimes
of this book, intervening in
debates about modernity is another. Gilroy challenges Marxist, economic
and philosophical accounts of the development of modernity as a selfcontained European process, based on principles and practices of rationality, economic productivism, Enlightenment egalitarianism and wage
labour. Slavery, he argues, was fundamental to modernity; racial terror lies
within its heart. Gilroy’s concern with the racial terror of slavery chimes
with a burgeoning academic interest in the experience of Jews under
Nazism (the emergent ‘Holocauststudies
Forensic and archaeological approaches to locating the remains of Holocaust victims
Caroline Sturdy Colls
examples, see Sturdy Colls, Holocaust Archaeologies, chs 2 and 3.
‘Ear th conceal not my blood’ 191
37 C. Sturdy Colls, ‘Gone but not forgotten: archaeological approaches to
the landscape of the former extermination camp at Treblinka, Poland’,
HolocaustStudies and Materials, 3 (2014), 239–89.
38 W. Chrostowski, Extermination Camp Treblinka (London: Vallentine
Mitchell, 2004); Arad, Bełzec, Sobibor and Treblinka.
39 See Rajzman, Samual, in IMTN, Trial of the Major War Criminals.
40 Muzeum Walki i Męczeństwa w Treblince, 2011. URL
The afterlives of human remains at the Bełzec extermination camp
Stiftungand the Vienna
Wiesenthal Institute for HolocaustStudies (VWI)for their generous support of the research built upon by this chapter.
2 For a detailed history of the fierce political debates surrounding the Berlin
Holocaust Memorial, see ‘Germany’s Holocaust memorial problem –and
mine’, in J. Young, At Memory’s Edge: After Images of the Holocaust in
Contemporary Art and Architecture (New Haven, CT and London: Yale
University Press, 2000), pp. 184–223. This addressed both the contested
idea of commemorating the Jewish victims of National Socialism in