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Human Remains in SocietyCuration and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Genocide and Mass-Violence$
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Élisabeth Anstett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526107381

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526107381.001.0001

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Chained corpses: warfare, politics and religion after the Habsburg Empire in the Julian March, 1930s–1970s

Chained corpses: warfare, politics and religion after the Habsburg Empire in the Julian March, 1930s–1970s

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(p.66) 3 Chained corpses: warfare, politics and religion after the Habsburg Empire in the Julian March, 1930s–1970s
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Human Remains in Society
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Gaetano Dato

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526107381.003.0004

The chapter deals with the role of corpses in public memory during the Age of the World Wars in the North Adriatic borderland, where human remains had a momentous role in the clash among the area’s main collective identities: Italian, Slovenian and Croatian nationals, Habsburg authorities, Communists, Nazis, Fascists and new Fascists, and the Jewish community. In particular, corpses were actors in political-religious representations and a driving force in the period’s war propaganda. After 1945, human remains were contentious among conflicting factions and later became involved in trials against Nazi war criminals – regular public opinion has since underlined their fate. The analysis begins by recalling the public display and long spanning funeral of the mummified corpse of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his spouse, on the brink of the Great War in July 1914. The paper then explores other examples in use of corpses in the public discourse and pays careful attention to three case studies: the Redipuglia WW1 shrine, the pictures shot in winter 1943–44 of exhumed partisans’ enemies, and the victims’ ashes of the San Sabba Rice Mill lager.

Keywords:   Italy, Julian March, Propanganda, Redipuglia, Exhumation

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