The Infiltration of Necropolitics: the Case of Turkey’s Holocaust Narratives
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Memória coletiva; judeus turcos; Holocausto; necropolítica; Homo Sacer. Memoria colectiva; judíos turcos; Holocausto; necropolítica; Homo Sacer. Collective Memory; Turkish Jews; Holocaust; Necropolitics; Homo Sacer.

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Andaç, Özgür. (2023). The Infiltration of Necropolitics: the Case of Turkey’s Holocaust Narratives. Resistances. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 4(8), e230132.


Some memories are more actively cultivated than others, manifesting the obsessive and slippery theaters of contested histories. This may encourage us to explore the ways in which representations of the past are conveyed. While Holocaust awareness has grown globally, its presence in Turkish academia has been limited since the millennium. Recent studies predominantly frame how Turkey integrates the Holocaust within the settled narratives. However, public perception has been shaped by narratives of Turkish consulates saving numerous Turkish Jews from Nazi oppression. This prevalent life-saver theme has become a cornerstone in Holocaust Memory, strengthened by various publications and documentaries. This research mainly investigates Turkey’s restrictive border policy and rescuing activities concerning the Jewish migration during the Second World War and its present-day recollections in today’s Turkey. Through a detailed case analysis, the study contends that popular historical beliefs differ from the facts. Ultimately it reads these accounts in relation to necropolitics that dictates which memories are allowed to live and which are rendered, emphasizing how even in remembrance, a politics of life and death exists.
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