Beyond memory wars: The indigènes de la république’s grass-roots anti-racism between the memory of colonialism and antisemitism

Lotem, I. 2018. Beyond memory wars: The indigènes de la république’s grass-roots anti-racism between the memory of colonialism and antisemitism . French History. 32 (4), pp. 573-593. https://doi.org/10.1093/fh/cry085

TitleBeyond memory wars: The indigènes de la république’s grass-roots anti-racism between the memory of colonialism and antisemitism
TypeJournal article
AuthorsLotem, I.
Abstract

In the mid-2010s, the expression ‘memory wars’, which had been coined in debates about the role of various commemorations of France’s colonial history, became increasingly identified with an atmosphere of conflict between France’s Jewish population and other minority communities. Simultaneously, conflicts over remembrance of the Holocaust and France’s colonial past characterized a new dynamic of memorial anti-racism. This article examines the trajectory of the Indigènes de la République, an organization that was particularly identified with this kind of memorial anti-racism. Through oral history interviews as well as the organization’s publications and media appearances, this article outlines the role of memory in the growing atmosphere of conflict between Jews and other postcolonial minorities in France and ultimately questions the role of so-called memory wars in the growing conversation about race in the Fifth Republic.

KeywordsMemory, anti-racism, anti-Semitism, colonialism
JournalFrench History
Journal citation32 (4), pp. 573-593
ISSN0269-1191
Year2018
PublisherOxford University Press
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/fh/cry085
Web address (URL)https://academic.oup.com/fh/article-abstract/32/4/573/5229360
Publication dates
Published31 Dec 2018
Published online04 Dec 2018

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