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Monday, 3 December 2012
Claudia Heinermann's Traces
The pictures above are from Claudia Heinermann's Spuren/Traces, a book in which Heinermann documents the identification of the remains of some of the 400,000 German soldiers buried in mass graves in the former Soviet Union.
It's an interesting book (despitre a few unfortunate translations ), absolutely fascinating in the conflicting visual associations its images of both mass graves and traces of Nazi iconography provide. There is no resolution here, yet somehow Heinermann provides one. It's a kind of humanisation of German casualties, a reconciliation of those who served under a monstrous ideology. I think even attempting that is quite an achievement; succeeding in that is something more.
Enduring Srebenica emerged from this work with a similar undercurrent flowing through it. More on that later.